Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Emergency resuscitation

Contributor(s): Kate Baker, Keith Branson, Gayle Hallowell, Graham Munroe, Mark Senior

Introduction

  • The function of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems is to supply oxygenated blood to the tissues and remove waste products.
  • Interruption of ventilation or tissue perfusion will eventually cause cardiopulmonary arrest.
  • A table of what to do in an emergency, with drug dosages, should be displayed in key areas of the clinic.
  • Drug dosages should be in ml for different weights of horse on the bottles and on the chart.
  • Drugs should be regularly checked to ensure they are in date.
  • Success depends on speed of detection and intervention.
  • See also Foal: resuscitation and care   Foal: resuscitation and care  .

Causes of cardiopulmonary emergencies in the equine patient

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Conclusion

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Other conditions requiring emergency resuscitation

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Wagner A E et al (1997) Arterial blood pressure monitoring in anesthetized animals. JAVMA 210, 1279-1284.

Other sources of information

  • Clark-Price S & Divers T J (2008) Anesthesia for Field Emergencies and Euthanasia. In: Equine Emergencies, Treatment and Procedures. Eds: Orsini J A & Divers T J. Saunders, USA. pp 661-670. ISBN: 9781416036098.
  • Taylor P M & Clarke K W (1999) Routine for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation after Cardiac Arrest. In: Handbook of Equine Anaesthesia. Saunders, USA. pp 139-142. ISBN: 0702018066.
  • Riebold T W, Geiser D R & Goble D O (1995) Large Animal Anesthesia. Principles and techniques. 2nd edn. Iowa State University Press, USA. pp 83-140 & 174-204.


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