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Fürst, Anton; Keller, R; Kummer, Martin R; Manera, Céline; von Salis, Björn; Auer, Jörg A; Bettschart-Wolfensberger, Regula (2008). Evaluation of a new full-body animal rescue and transportation sling in horses: 181 horses (1998-2006). Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 18(6):619-625.

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Objective: The goal of this study was to evaluate the reliability of the Animal Rescue and Transportation Sling (ARTS) for emergency and clinical use in horses.
Design: A retrospective study of the use of the ARTS in the hospital and field.
Setting: The medical records of 158 horses referred to the Equine Hospital, University of Zurich, and 23 records from the Large Animal Rescue.
Animals: The ARTS was used in 121 standing and 60 recumbent horses. Seventy-eight horses were sedated, 47 patients were under general anesthesia when the sling was applied and no sedation or anesthesia was required in 56 horses.
Interventions and Main Results: The ARTS was applied in crane and helicopter rescue operations to stabilize horses that required lifting (n=41), during emergency transportation (n=24), to facilitate induction of general anesthesia (n=4) or recovery from general anesthesia (n=51). Additionally, the sling was used to immobilize horses with fractures (n=29), to reduce weight-bearing in horses with severe lameness (n=12), to support horses with disorders of the CNS (n=7), to help recumbent horses rise (n=9), and to provide support for horses after repair of large abdominal hernias (n=4). Acceptance of the ARTS by the horses was scored as excellent (n=153), good (n=19) and poor (n=6), and the sling was not tolerated in 3 horses. Only after long-term use (weeks) did the skin over certain pressure points become irritated, resulting in superficial pressure sores.
Conclusions: The ARTS was reliable, safe, and easy to use. It proved to be ideal for a wide variety of emergencies.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Equine Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Deposited On:16 Feb 2010 14:36
Last Modified:08 May 2016 07:07
Publisher DOI:10.1111/j.1476-4431.2008.00366.x

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