Cardiopulmonary effects of position in conscious cattle

Ann E. Wagner From the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210-1089. Dr. Grospitch's present address is 172 Harrison Rd, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823.

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William W. Muir III From the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210-1089. Dr. Grospitch's present address is 172 Harrison Rd, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823.

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Beverly J. Grospitch From the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210-1089. Dr. Grospitch's present address is 172 Harrison Rd, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823.

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SUMMARY

The cardiopulmonary effects of 4 positions (standing, right lateral, left lateral, and dorsal recumbency) were evaluated in conscious cattle in which no sedatives or anesthetic drugs were given. Each position was maintained for 30 minutes, during which time there were no significant changes in heart rate, respiratory rate, mean arterial blood pressure, arterial pH, PaCO2 , arterial base excess, or venous blood gas values. Significant decreases in PaO2 developed when cattle were in lateral positions and dorsal recumbency. Cardiac index was unchanged in all positions, except in dorsal recumbency at 30 minutes, when it was significantly decreased.

SUMMARY

The cardiopulmonary effects of 4 positions (standing, right lateral, left lateral, and dorsal recumbency) were evaluated in conscious cattle in which no sedatives or anesthetic drugs were given. Each position was maintained for 30 minutes, during which time there were no significant changes in heart rate, respiratory rate, mean arterial blood pressure, arterial pH, PaCO2 , arterial base excess, or venous blood gas values. Significant decreases in PaO2 developed when cattle were in lateral positions and dorsal recumbency. Cardiac index was unchanged in all positions, except in dorsal recumbency at 30 minutes, when it was significantly decreased.

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