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When You Need It, You Really Need It! Foal Resuscitator
Posted By: PA Breeder (ELVERSON, PA) Apr 24, 2012
I added this resuscitator to my foaling emergency kit this year. A lot of people hassled me about spending a lot of money on something I would never use. While I wish they had been right, I did in fact need it and there is not a doubt in my mind I would have lost the foal without it. We had a very large, very stuck foal. It took an hour and 10 mins to get it free. When we finally got her out all of her tissues were blue, she was not breathing, and there was only a weak pulse. After several attmepts to clear the nose and stimulate her I grabbed the foal resuscitator. In one good suck the whole nose was clear, and once I was finally able to attach the resuscitator side, with 2 good pumps the lungs inflated and the foal started to come around. My past experience with mouth- to- nose is that it is cumbersome, you have a hard time getting a good enough seal, and it can take a really long time. If I had needed to do mouth-to-nose I doubt the filly would have made it. I was honestly expecting a dummy foal at best and was truly stunned that she seemed to suffer no ill effects. Obviously a great deal of this has to be chalked up to incredible luck, but I also think a large part has to do with how quickly I was able to get her breathing once she was out.
A few things to note. First, practice makes perfect. I wish I had done a couple more practice rounds than just the initial one when I got it. Second, the foal resuscitator mask can be a bit difficult to get attached when you are hurrying. I wish the designers had made it a screw on or something because it flexes around and could use being firmer. Also along the lines of design changes, a bag that it could fit into while partially assembled would be more helpful than the plastic tub that you have to take everything apart. Lastly, the masks form tight seals which is exactly what you want. However, to achieve that the mask fits tightly over the face so be prepared to have to man-handle that little nose into it. It feels counter-intuitive to do so, but they'll survive so just shove that little face in there! Overall a good product, it's hard to complain when you have a healthy foal bouncing around!