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Use of the Anderson Sling Suspension System for Recovery of Horses from General Anesthesia

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To describe a sling recovery system (Anderson Sling) for horses and to evaluate outcome of high-risk horses recovered from general anesthesia by a sling. Study Design

Retrospective study. Sample Population

Horses (n=24) recovered from general anesthesia. Methods

Complete medical and anesthetic records (1996–2003) for horses recovered from general anesthesia using the Anderson Sling system were evaluated retrospectively. Information retrieved included anesthetic protocol, surgical procedure, recovery protocol, recovery time, and quality of the recovery. Horses were recovered from anesthesia supported by the Anderson Sling in a standing position within a traditional padded equine recovery stall. Results

Twenty-four horses had 32 assisted recoveries; 31 events were successful. No complications associated with the sling or recovery system protocol occurred. One horse was intolerant of the sling's support and was reanesthetized and recovered successfully using head and tail ropes. Conclusion

The Anderson Sling recovery system is an effective and safe way to recover horses that are at increased risk for injury associated with adverse events during recovery from general anesthesia. Clinical Relevance

The Anderson Sling system should be considered for assisted recovery of equine patients from general anesthesia.
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Keywords: Anderson Sling; anesthesia; equine; recovery; sling; surgery

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: From the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and the Departments of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, and Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California Davis, Davis, CA

Publication date: November 1, 2005

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