ABSTRACT: Systemic shock is a condition of acute circulatory failure, which if not controlled or prevented, can disturb a system enough to drive it out of equilibrium. This is when organ systems start to shut down and multi-organ failure progresses to death. Shock is usually a consequence of other systemic responses such as sepsis, endotoxaemia and/or Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS). Sepsis is one of the most common causes of shock in the horse, leading to a high morbidity and mortality rate in critically ill patients. It presents with multifactorial aetiology with variable signs, and is gradually becoming better understood.


Veronica Brandel BSc(Hons), RVN, REVN

Veronica completed a Bachelor Degree in Veterinary Nursing in 2004. On qualifying, she worked in a small animal practice in South Wales before moving to an equine practice in 2009. After a years’ experience in a first-opinion practice she moved to Newmarket and is currently working at Rossdales Equine Hospital, where she is enjoying the challenges of referral nursing. Veronica qualified as an equine nurse in 2013 and has a special interest in intensive care and wound management.

Email: veronica.brandel@gmail.com

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 33 (03) • March 2018 pp69-72

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