by Jackie Hall VN, The Veterinary Surgery, Yarambat and North Warrandyte, VIC
We use this monitor any time an animal is under anaesthetic for surgery. I’ve been a nurse for 25 years and I’m now a director of The Veterinary Surgery, and the Anitek C50V is the best monitoring unit I’ve ever used.
What’s good about it
This monitor is operated through a touch screen and records oxygen levels, heart rate, blood pressure, temperature and ECG. Parameters can be easily set so an alarm goes off if levels are too high or too low. Even though it’s a trustworthy and accurate machine, we still do manual checks in the surgery. While this type of unit is reliable, any machine will occasionally give false readings. A quick manual check verifies the readouts of the monitor.
It’s easy to attach the animal with the monitor’s clips and probes. The temperature probe goes down the oesophagus, the blood O2 clips to the tongue or ear, and the blood pressure cuff goes around the front leg. The ECG is clipped to either side of the chest and a leg.
The monitor displays a real-time readout that is clear and easily understandable. We record the readings manually in order to keep a paper copy.
What’s not so good
The ECG component of the monitor requires clips to be attached to a leg on either side of the chest. I’ve found that it can sometimes be difficult to get a good reading for the ECG. When an animal is under anaesthetic, there are people moving around and touching the animal. I think the bad readings may be due to the movement of the animal.