When practicing in today’s minimal-contact climate, determining which patients require in-person examination is critical to minimizing risk and protecting staff members and clients.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has published a new triage resource to help veterinary teams identify whether a case is urgent and to determine when in-person examinations are necessary.
Along with a flowchart with recommendations for managing cases of all levels of urgency, the resource includes sample questions to help judge severity, including:
- Is treatment necessary to preserve the animal’s life?
- Is the animal experiencing serious pain that affects its health, welfare, and/or safety?
- If not treated now, could the animal develop significant health or welfare issues that would become life-threatening, cause irreversible harm, or interrupt or jeopardize the safety of the food supply?
To access the resource, click here.