How to prepare and position a horse for theatre
Katherine Elizabeth King
There are many factors to taken into consideration when anaesthetising a horse, most importantly the sheer size of the animal and minimising the infection risk involved. Organisation and team work are key from the preparation of the horse for surgery, right through until the horse is standing following surgery. The horse itself is the greatest source of potential contamination for an operating theatre, therefore a meticulous preparation process is vital and high standards maintained in theatre at all times. Horses are at high risk of developing a myopathy or neuropathy during a general anaesthetic and this makes the positioning in theatre a complex process.
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