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Anesthesia: maintenance - overview

Contributor(s): David Bardell, Dennis R Gieser, Craig Johnson, G Mark Johnston, Mark Senior

Introduction

  • Maintenance of anesthesia involves keeping the patient at a suitable depth of anesthesia to allow surgery to be carried out safely for both the patient and personnel.
  • Anesthesia may be maintained by giving incremental bolus doses or continuous infusion of intravenous anaesthetic agents   Anesthesia: intravenous (IV)  , or via inhalation of volatile agents   Anesthesia: inhalational  .
  • Intravenous maintenance of anesthesia tends to be restricted to shorter procedures up to a maximum of 90 min. 
  • For extended periods of anesthesia, inhalation anesthesia is currently more appropriate.
  • Monitoring is critical to ensure adequate anesthesia and early identification of any problems.
  • Anesthesia in foals presents specific considerations   Anesthesia: neonate  .

Side effects of maintaining anesthesia in horses

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Intravenous anesthesia

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Inhalation anesthesia

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers
  • Recent references fromPubMedduring the last 12 months.
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  • Carroll G L et al(1998)Maintenance of anesthesia with sevoflurane and oxygen in mechanically ventilated horses subjected to exploratory laparotomy treated with intra- and post-operative anesthetic adjuncts. Equine Vet J30(5), 402-407PubMed.
  • Taylor P M et al(1998)Cardiovascular effects of surgical castration during anesthesia maintained with halothane or infusion of detomidine, ketamine and guaifenesin in ponies. Equine Vet J30(4), 304-309PubMed.
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  • Brunson D B (1990)Use of halothane and isoflurane in the horse. Vet Clin North Am6(3), 529-542PubMed.

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