Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Critical care: monitoring

Contributor(s): Gayle Hallowell, Mark Senior, Elena Wawra, Nicola Menzies-Gow

Introduction

  • Critical care requires an accurate assessment of the function of the organ systems and physiological parameters of a patient on a repeated, frequent basis.
  • Constant and thorough monitoring is one of the basics of critical care. 
  • The huge time cost and specialized equipment necessary mean that this is often best done in referral centers, which have the staff and facilities to do so.

Useful equipment

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Basic monitoring

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Blood work

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The ventilated patient

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Foal sepsis

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers
  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Corley K T & Furr M (2003) Evaluation of a score to predict sepsis in foals. J Vet Emerg Crit Care 13 (3), 149.
  • Rossdale P D (1995) Sir Frederick Hobday memorial lecture - Part 2: Concepts of critical care in the newborn foal.  Equine Vet J 17 (5), 343-353 PubMed.
  • Brewer B D & Koterba A M (1988) Development of a scoring system for the early diagnosis of equine neonatal sepsis. Equine Vet J 20 (1), 18-22 PubMed.
  • Baker S & Drummond W (1986) Follow up evaluation of horses after neonatal intensive care. JAVMA 189 (11), 1454-1457 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Baumgarner W (2000) Klinische Propaedeutik der inneren Krankheiten und Hauterkrankungen der Haus - und Heimtiere.
  • 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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