Seattle Veterinary Specialists- Kirkland
As you enter our spacious reception area you will notice a large number of windows to allow plenty of natural light. It is decorated with plants, delightful black and white animal portraits and colorful artwork by local artist Ken Bailey. The comfortable seating, including leather couches and armchairs, and a flat screen television help to provide a relaxing atmosphere. Beverages such as coffee, tea and hot cocoa are available at all times. The entire area was designed with Feng Shui principles in mind.
The emergency and intensive care areas are equipped with various sized cages, and 2 large oxygen cages for animals with respiratory problems. There are also 5 large, open topped cages to allow staff to easily get in and out to do treatments and help the patient feel less confined. There is a separate quiet ward for cats with large windows and plenty of natural light, as well as a dog ward with 5 runs. An isolation ward is available for patients with infectious diseases. Four wet tables are available for procedures and keeping animals clean. The emergency doctors work on their records and research cases in an enclosed area with large windows allowing constant visualization of the ICU.
Diagnostic imaging includes digital x-ray, ultrasound, and MRI. Radiology is centrally located within to hospital to better serve all the services at SVS.
Full Diagnostic Laboratory
The lab is equipped with a Celldyne hematology unit, Dade Exband chemistry machine, and i-stat to run full diagnostic bloodwork.
The Neurology section is ideally located between the neurosurgery suite and the MRI. In addition, it is close to radiology and the ER. The primary purpose of the neurology area is for hospitalization of stable post operative patients, anesthesia and preparation of the patient for MRI examinations and surgery. The area is spacious enough to perform physical therapy on post operative patients while also allowing for other procedures such as CSF taps, electrodiagnostics and muscle and nerve biopsies to be performed. The room is equipped with two anesthesia machines, monitoring equipment, electrocautery and several computers.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
The MRI is a 1 Tesla superconducting Siemens magnet. MRI is considered the "gold standard" for imaging the nervous system. In addition to providing fast, detailed images, the MRI is a safe and reliable method to visualize tissues that otherwise cannot be seen. It is primarily used to examine the brain and spinal cord. However, it also allows us to see areas of the body that previously were not visible in such great detail. These areas include the knee, shoulder, heart, abdomen and elbow. The average study of the brain or spine takes about 30 minutes. During the procedure, it is essential that the patient remain completely still. For this reason, patients are anesthetized and closely monitored via heart rate and oxygen saturation of the blood. The images that are generated by the MRI are viewed on a computer workstation and can be sent to any location in the hospital, including the hand held slate style computers that the doctors use to show clients the images of their pet.
The neurosurgery suite is located at the end of the sterile corridor, which isolates the surgical suites from the rest of the hospital. It contains state of the art equipment used for the treatment of surgical conditions of the brain and spinal cord. A Stryker TPS surgical power system, bipolar and monopolar cautery, System One surgical lights, a multiparameter patient monitor capable of measuring ECG, pulse oxymetry, side stream CO2 monitoring, invasive and non-invasive blood pressure and temperature are located in the room. Collectively, this equipment allows our surgeons to perform the most sophisticated neurosurgical procedures in a safe and comfortable environment. Typical procedures include hemilaminectomy to remove extruded disk material, exploratory spinal surgery for the treatment of spinal tumors, brain surgery, stabilizing procedures such as spinal fracture repair, atlanto - axial reduction and lumbosacral stabilization.
Surgery includes several areas, including a spacious recovery ward, a fully equipped surgical prep/anesthesia area with multi-parameter monitors, and 5 operating rooms (Emergency OR, Minor surgical procedures, Soft Tissue Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, and Neurosurgery). Each OR is equipped and organized specifically for its intended use. Separate instrument pack prep room and a pre-sterile hallway are just some features to help maintain proper aseptic technique.