Equine Surgery Suites Undergo Renovation
The Equine Medicine and Surgery service sees more than 2,000 patients
per year, and more than half of them are typically hospitalized. Last
year 74 colic surgeries and about twice that number of arthroscopies
"The recent renovations allow us to provide better care for our
equine surgery patients and better service for our clients," says
Dr. David Freeman, section chief. "We invite clients and referring
veterinarians to visit and view the new facilities."
Among the upgrades that have improved equine care is the relocation
of the surgical preparation areas from within the operating rooms to
just outside them. Patients are anesthetized and intubated and then
moved into the operating room on a new Shanks surgical table, which
has wheels and a motorized pusher. This change creates more space within
the operating room for other surgical equipment and personnel.
The new surgical tables have a segmented design for positioning
the patient comfortably on its back or side, while surfaces and
sides of the table can be raised or lowered hydraulically and
padding added or removed to support the patient.
Separation of the preparation area and the surgery suite and elimination
of the pits that were under the old floor-mounted tables have improved
sterility in the surgical area.
The surgery recovery rooms also got an overhaul. The floors have been
lowered to the same level as the hallways and surgery room, making it
safer for horses to step out of recovery to return to the equine ward.
New floor-to-ceiling padding, new floor drains, and safety locks on
the doors also improve the recovery rooms.
Other renovations include a new client waiting room in the Large Animal
Clinic, partially funded by the Companion Animal Memorial Fund. Two
additional equine technicians have been hired to improve the overall
care of equine patients.
To make an appointment to see the new equine facilities, please call
Dr. Freeman at 217/333-2000 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.