Emergency and Critical Care

5th Annual Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference

Oxygen Supplementation: The Known and the New

Sunday, December 3
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Location: Grand Ballroom Salon A


Review of oxygen delivery methods in the small animal patient and an introduction to high-flow oxygen therapy (HFOT). Benefits and limitations of oxygen strategies are discussed, specifically: oxygen-rich environments, oxygen hoods, CPAP hoods, nasal oxygen, and tracheal oxygen. Also included is information on high-flow oxygen therapy, a novel therapy in veterinary patients. HFOT allows administration of oxygen at rates in excess of minute ventilation and inspiratory flow rates to limit the influence of room air and upper airway turbulence on a patient’s respiration. High rates are well tolerated by patients because delivered gas is heated and humidified. Benefits and possible complications may be due to increased distending pressure in the respiratory system.

Christine Rutter

Clinical Assistant Professor
Texas A&M University

Dr. Christine Rutter is originally from Biloxi, Mississippi and attended Mississippi State University for both her undergraduate and veterinary education. She was a general practitioner in Coral Springs, Florida before pursuing an emergency and critical care internship in Louisville, Kentucky. She completed an emergency and critical care residency at The Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, then joined a multi-specialty referral practice Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While in Pittsburgh, she served as the director of emergency medicine, the coordinator for student externships, an intern committee member, and was a founding member of a nonprofit, community-based animal blood bank. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency Critical Care, a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the Association of Veterinary Hematology and Transfusion Medicine, and the Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society.


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