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    Date Assigned: 12/09/2010

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    Title: Bandage Often Best Choice on Equine Wound

    Author: Jessica Tremayne, Contributing Editor

    Date: December Issue, 2010

    Source: veterinarypracticenews.com

    This article is about the benefits of using bandages on horses immediately after wounds occur. Usually, using bandages at the beginning of wound healing can be very labor intensive for horse owners, however, according to the veterinarians, doing this will result in faster healing and less scarring. Re-hydration of wounds is important if you're dealing with dry wounds that have not yet been treated. Also, debriding those wounds is important to remove necrotic tissue. The article also discusses alternate therapies to promote wound healing.

    My general impression of this article is that it's extremely informative and gives great information for horse owners that might provide some of their own veterinary care at home. I found this article very interesting because they bring up some surprising information. For example, Monarch Laboratories actually sells sterile maggots that people can use for early wound healing. This article can help me in my career major because I will have a good knowledge of wound care, so when I'm assisting the veterinarian, I can have the tools and bandage materials ready that he or she will need to take care of the wounded horse!

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    Date Assigned: 12/09/2010

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    Bandage Often Best Choice on Equine Wound
    By Jessica Tremayne
    Contributing Editor

    Veterinarians contending with hard-to-heal wounds on equine patients welcome new ointments and therapies, but many wounds can be successfully treated from the start using bandages.

    Some of the potions and lotions Ive tried actually slow wound healing, says Dean Hendrickson, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS. Ive had such great success with bandaging that I can treat 90 percent of equine wounds using the method alone, and Ive even instructed colleagues of the right time to move to the next bandaging step by examining digital photos of the wound.

    Dr. Hendrickson, a professor of surgery at Colorado State University, says using the same type of bandage throughout the wound-healing process is outdated.

    The wound composition doesnt stay the same. Why should the bandage? Hendrickson comments.

    Using bandages at the beginning of wound healing is labor intensive, which can turn off some horse owners, Hendrickson says. But diligence pays off with faster healing and less scarring, he says.

    Rehydrate If Necessary

    For dry wounds that havent been treated, Hendrickson uses a hydrogel bandage containing glycerin, polymers and water. After the wound has been rehydrated, he says, I use a debridement dressing that removes necrotic tissue and bacteria. Curasalt, a sodium chloride dressing, uses a 20 percent hypertonic solution and causes minimal damage to healthy tissue.

    Honey and sugar can be used in the debridement stages, experts say, but Hendrickson has had the best results while using Curasalt. After the debridement phase, the third bandaging step promotes the growth of granulation tissue.

    I use a calcium alginate dressing that encourages granulation and wound contracture, Hendrickson says. This gives a surface for the epithelium to grow. After an appropriate amount of granulation tissue or proud flesh has formed, I use a dressing

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