Ögonbehandling av häst med lavage system och infusionspump Omvårdnadsaspekter : omvårdnadsaspekter

University essay from SLU/Dept. of Animal Environment and Health

Abstract: Objective – To study the requirement of nursing care of the equine patient during eye treatment with a lavage system together with a constant rate infusion pump. Procedures – Three veterinary nurses at ATG: s Hästsjukhus in Skara were asked nine questions at individual interviews. Inclusion criteria for participation in the interview were that the nurse should have treated equines with and without the infusion pump to the lavage system, but also traditionally with eye drops. Results – The equine had a higher well-being since it experienced less stress during eye treatment with the infusion pump compared to treatment given by hand through the lavage system. The treatment would be more effective with constant rate infusion and save costs for the owner. The disadvantage with the infusion pump is that it can stop working and air pockets can accumulate in the SPL system and the pump. For optimal function the infusion pump should be attached to the halter instead of the mane and the air hole on the backside should not be taped over. When filling up the infusion pump with medicine it is important that no air is administrated. The veterinary nurse has to assess the function of the SPL system and the infusion pump frequently over the day to establish an adequate treatment. When a halter with a protective eye cup is used the horse does not need specific stable conditions with reduced light intensity. Conclusions – Eye treatment with the constant rate infusion pump ought to be a benefit for the horse both physically and psychologically. However further research is required to better establish the nursing care of the horse during the treatment.

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