Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Anesthesia: peri-operative complications - skeletal injury

Contributor(s): Mark Senior, Elena Wawra

Induction

  • Skeletal injuries, especially fractures, are a high risk around the surgical period for horse and handlers both in terms of pre-existing fractures increasing the risk of mortality of anesthesia and that horses may cause skeletal injury to themselves during the peri-anesthetic period.
  • Special considerations start immediately when the injury is diagnosed and carry on the whole way through to hopefully total recovery.
  • Wherever possible, precautions to minimize the chances of horses injuring themselves should be employed.

Pre-surgical considerations/transport

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Induction of general anesthesia

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During surgery

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Recovery

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Post-operative care

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Ohta M & Oku K (2000) Anaesthetic management with sevoflurane and oxygen for orthopedic surgeries in racehorses. J Vet Med Sci 62 (9), 1017-1020 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Hall L & Clarke K W & Trim C (2000) Veterinary Anaesthesia. 10th edn. W B Saunders. ISBN: 0702020354.
  • Taylor P M & Clarke K W (1999) Handbook of Equine Anaesthesia.
  • Thurmon J C, Tranquilli W J & Benson G J (1996) Lumb & Jones's Veterinary Anaesthesia. 3rd edn. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. ISBN: 0683082388.


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