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The Carle-Illinois (Urbana, Illinois USA) Treatment Protocol for Law Enforcement K9s: Guidelines for Emergency Medical Services

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 June 2019

Ashley E. Mitek
Affiliation:
Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, IL, USA
Maureen A. McMichael
Affiliation:
Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, IL, USA
William B. Weir
Affiliation:
Department of Emergency Medicine, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Urbana, IL, USA
Michael J. Smith
Affiliation:
Department of Emergency Medicine, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Urbana, IL, USA
Danielle C. Schneider
Affiliation:
Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, IL, USA
Corresponding
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Abstract

This document is a resource for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) treating an injured law enforcement K9 (LEK9) in the field and/or during transport by ambulance to a veterinary hospital. A Joint Task Force on Working Dog Care was created, which included veterinarians, EMS directors, EMS physicians, and canine handlers, who met to develop a treatment protocol for injured LEK9s. The protocol covers many major life-threatening injuries that LEK9s may sustain in the line of duty, and also discusses personnel safety and necessary equipment. This protocol may help train EMS providers to save the life of an injured LEK9.

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