"Before Tom produced it, I used to collect and produce plasma myself, which was a laborious process and delayed the speed that it could be given to foals by almost a day. We didn't bank it before, because giving it fresh ensured much less risk of contamination, but Tom's strict procedures means that [the possibility for] contamination is limited."

Sarah Stoneham, partner at Rossdales Equine Hospital, Newmarket.

Case Study

A four-week-old Thoroughbred foal was sent to Rossdales' critical care foal unit with septicaemia and salmonella. He had been screened at birth and was found to have received adequate colostrum, but despite these measures, he succumbed to salmonella.

As a further complication of the infection, the foal was suffering acute renal failure, meaning that the kidneys had shut down, so no urine was being produced and the build-up of toxins was poisoning his body.

Antibiotics, plasma and drugs to support the blood pressure were given, and the foal was kept on a drip under intensive 24hr care by vets and nurses for three days... [The foal] made an uneventful recovery.

The plasma the foal received not only fought the salmonella, but helped support the blood pressure, which plummets in septicaemic shock. If the organs do not receive enough blood to function, this will result in multi-organ failure and the foal will die.

Horse & Hound, 17th April 2003.

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