TitleClinical use of positive-pressure ventilation in the horse.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1990
AuthorsShawley, RV, Mandsager, RE
JournalThe Veterinary clinics of North America. Equine practice
Date Published1990 Dec
KeywordsMechanical, Ventilators

Positive-pressure ventilation is used to provide improved ventilatory support during anesthesia in the horse. Because of the horse's size and the physiologic changes it undergoes during anesthesia, however, the use of positive-pressure ventilation does not always provide the improvement seen in smaller species. Careful attention to respiratory rate, inspiratory pressure, and I:E ratio minimizes the negative aspect of IPPV on the cardiovascular system. The goal of future ventilatory techniques will be to improve oxygenation without cardiovascular compromise and to do so at a reasonable cost to the client.