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Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 2014 Aug;30(2):467-74, ix-x. doi: 10.1016/j.cveq.2014.04.009. Epub 2014 Jun 10.

Infection control in equine critical care settings.

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Department of Population Health Sciences, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, 100 Sandy Hall, MC 0395, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0395, USA.
Department of Clinical Sciences, James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Colorado State University, 1678 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80526, USA. Electronic address:


There is a recognizable standard of practice for infection control in veterinary medicine. Effort must be given to control and prevention of infectious disease transmission within a facility and among animal populations. In the critical care setting, patients typically have a high degree of systemic illness and immune compromise, are commonly subjected to invasive procedures and placement of indwelling devices, and frequently receive antimicrobials and gastric protectants. Every equine critical care unit is distinctive in its physical and operational features and the types of patients that are managed. Infection control programs must therefore be tailored to each facility's needs.


Equine; Health care‚Äďassociated infections; Infection control; Nosocomial infections

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