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Anesthesia: pre-anesthetic preparation

Contributor(s): Kate Baker, Dennis R Gieser, Mark Senior

Preparation of the healthy horse

Introduction
  • A complete and thorough pre-anesthetic preparation will ensure a safe and logic approach to anesthesia of the equine patient.
  • Most elective procedures are performed on patients ASA (American Society of Anesthesiologists) category I or II, ie healthy patient or patient with mild systemic disease but no functional limitation.

Pre-operative considerations in ASAI/II patients

  • History: a thorough and detailed history including existing or previous problems, reactions, surgery etc should be taken.
  • Signalment: breed, sex, age, weight.
  • Physical status: TPR, color, CRT, pulse strength, pulmonary/cardiac auscultation.
  • Current medication.
  • Attitude and behavior: ie nervous, excitable, relaxed.

Other considerations

Having considered the above points plan appropriate anesthetic regime.

Preparation of the horse for surgery and anesthesia

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Special conditions or diseases

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Conclusion

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Further Reading

Publications

Other sources of information

  • Dugdale A (2004)Preparation of the Horse for General Anaesthesia and Surgery.In: Proc 43rd BEVA Congress. Equine Vet J Ltd, Newmarket. pp 232-234.


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