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Prognosis for Neonatal Foals in an Intensive Care Unit
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Volume 11, Issue 3, pages 183–188, May 1997
How to Cite
Furr, M., Tinker, M. K. and Edens, L. (1997), Prognosis for Neonatal Foals in an Intensive Care Unit. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 11: 183–188. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-1676.1997.tb00088.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Accepted April 25, 1996
This study was conducted to develop an equation for the prediction of outcome in neonatal foals undergoing treatment in an intensive care unit (ICU). Fifty-three physical examination, historical, and clinicopathologic variables were analyzed from the records of 99 neonatal foals (<14 days of age) treated in the neonatal ICU of the Equine Medical Center. The outcome was recorded and the results were categorized into either surviving or nonsurviving groups. The mean values for the 2 groups were compared, and variables that differed significantly between the two groups were retained and used to construct a logistic regression equation. Retained variables were heart rate, temperature, and neutron phil count. The predictive equation then was tested prospectively in 2 additional groups of foals from 2 separate ICUs. The predicted outcome was compared to the actual outcome, and performance variables were calculated. Sensitivity (.83), specificity (.87), negative predictive value (.72), and positive predictive value (.93) were determined for foals from one neonatal ICU; the sensitivity (.83), specificity (.44), negative predictive value (.44), and positive predictive value (.83) were lower for foals at a second, separate ICU.