AAEP RACEDAY INJURY MANAGEMENT Lynn Rolland Hovda, DVM, MS Chief Commission Veterinarian Minnesota Racing Commission AAEP
American Association of Equine Practitioners Founded in 1954 Dedicated to health and welfare of the horse 9000 members worldwide
All breeds, all breed organizations Racing Committee developed guidelines for race day injury management AAEP Racing Committee February 2016 Staffing and Personnel Automotive Equipment Equine ambulance and chase vehicle
Emergency treatment Communication Injury Management Duties Media Relations Goals Reduce occurrence and severity of equine injuries Provide emergency management for injured
horse Rapid response Accurate assessment Best management possible Injury Management Plan
Important to plan Execute your plan All emergency personnel involved Specific locations Specific duties
Commission veterinarians Practicing veterinarians (backside DVMs) CBY Director of Security Track superintendent Chase truck driver / starting gate Ambulance driver Outriders U of M Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
CBY Discussion Items On and off the racing surface Dirt track Turf track Between the two Other areas Ambulance driver skills Backing !
Use of equine slide Gate Injuries AAEP Injury Management Personnel Veterinarians Minimum of two for track
Horse handler Skilled Screening personnel Trained in use and placement AAEP Injury Management Equipment
Chase vehicle Equine ambulance(s) Emergency bags or boxes Chase Vehicle DVM in vehicle to follow the field Staffed with driver able to handle injured horse Unacceptable for DVM to travel on foot
Using human ambulance not recommended Need appropriate plan for sloppy conditions CBY plan for turf races Equine Ambulance(s) Primary and backup ambulance Primary staffed with driver when horses are on the track Positioning between horse and public
Other features Lowers to ground Sliding center partition Human barrier Winch and slide CBY ambulances Primary few additions Air conditioner
Water tank Screens Doors Secondary Transport to UMVDL Winch and long cable for pool area Ambulance / Chase Vehicle Equipment
Medication Bag Kimzey splint / compression boot Bandage material Halters and lead shanks Ice water, buckets, etc. (CBY ice blanket) Curtains or screens Rescue sled Bolt cutters
Emergency Bags Contents vary by Racing jurisdiction Location on track (paddock, chase vehicle ,etc.) AAEP Recommendations Sedative Short acting corticosteroid Euthanasia solution
Needles/syringes Vet Wrap and pads Stethoscope Supplies to collect blood samples AAEP Recommended Medications Large Bag Chase Vehicle
Small Bags Paddock, Office, Detention Barn AAEP Injury Management Communication Two way radios Best practice - separate channel for private conversation
Cell phones Group listing of important numbers Transfer to private practitioner CBY done in detention barn Media One specific DVM in charge AAEP Injury Management
Location Racetrack Paddock Off-track (pre and post race) Racetrack Main Track Rapid call to horse ambulance (location) Physical and chemical restraint
Starting Gate Observation during post parade and at gate Examine poorly behaved horses Consider a scratch wounds, lame, head trauma Turf Track Location of on and off gaps
Paddock Paddock DVM monitors horses Consider scratch lame, wounds, head trauma Plan for dealing with paddock injuries Emergency bag Ambulance access Screens People management security
Off Track Pre and Post Race Horses can unexpectedly wind up in unpredictable locations on the grounds of a racetrack Bridle path Parking lot Dumpsters Shrubs
Swimming pool Plan for this . And then plan again Rapid response is necessary Special Consideration Catastrophic Injury Prompt response Screens if needed
Make EVERY effort to load into ambulance before euthanasia Equine slide or rescue device No chains or cables around the neck or limb Secure, enclosed area for deceased horses Special Consideration Multiple Incidents in Same Race
Communication is key to success Quick assessment CBY All commission DVMs respond Lead test barn technician responds as well Special Consideration Heat Stroke Ice, ice water, ice or cooling blanket, hoses,
and rubbing alcohol Necessary medications (vary by jurisdiction) Keep horses moving if possible and then load into ambulance when calm Note: Often not possible as they fall down on the track or in the ambulance Address media questions
Ambulance Reporting Canterbury Park Televised Race Days Big Event Days
Extra DVM on hand Really big events team of specialists Meeting with all personnel prior to event Location of equine hospitals and mode of transportation AAEP On Call DVMs for really big events
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