ABSTRACT

Wound Care Management assists with general wound care in horses. It includes basic wound cleaning and preparation, important anatomical considerations, moist healing concepts, dressing choices, and specific wounds by body region. Along with detailed sections about wound closure techniques using bandaging and skin grafting there is in-depth discussi

ContentsSection 1 Wound Care DressingsIntroduction 3Some Helpful Hints 3Dressings used for Cleaning and Prepping 4Dressings Used for Debridement 6Dressings Used for Packing 7Dressings Used for Absorption 9Dressings Used for Compression 11Dressings Used for Support 12Dressings Used for Protection 13Dressings Used for Moisture 14Methods of Dressing Application 14Splint Application 16Emergency Transport 19Section 2 Wound Preparation, Cleaning, and DebridementWound Preparation 26Wound Infection 28Wound Cleaning Agents 29Scrubbing 30Lavage 31Saline 32Antiseptic Agents 32Povidone Iodine 34Chlorhexidine 35Hydrogen Peroxide 36Acetic Acid (Vinegar) 36Dakin's Solution 37Topical Antibiotics 38Silver 38Nitrofurazone 39Triple Antibiotic 39Surfactant Based Agents 40Wound Debridement 41Mechanical Methods 41Sharp Debridement 42Physical Debridement 43Chemical Debridement 44Chemicals 44Hypertonic Saline Dressings 44Natural Methods 45Autolytic Debridement 45Enzymatic Debridement 46Section 3 Wound ExplorationHead Wounds 52Neck and Back Wounds 54Chest Wounds 55Abdominal Wounds 57Leg Wounds 58Important Anatomical Considerations 60Foreign Body Detection 64Exploration 64Ultrasound 65Plain Radiology 66Contrast Radiography 67Computed Tomography and MagneticResonance Imaging 67Section 4 Primary Wound ClosureAppropriate Wounds for Primary Closure 70Closure Techniques for Primary Wound Closure 73Suture Closure 74Needle Type 74Absorbable versus Non-Absorbable 75Monofilament versus Multifilament 76Suture Patterns 77Appositional 77Simple Interrupted 77Simple Continuous 78In