Equine Tech Tips: Cleaning Up Blood

In today's installment of this new series from AAEVT members, we talk about tips for cleaning up blood.

Here’s a tip for anyone who is responsible for cleaning up blood at a veterinary practice. iStock/Ozgurdonmaz

EquiManagement has partnered with the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians and Associates (AAEVT) to bring you tips from the front lines. Here is a tech tip from Elyse Rowley, MS, of Riviera Equine Internal Medicine and Consulting in California, that applies to anyone who has to clean up blood at a vet practice.

“By accident, I discovered this the other day and wanted to share because it was so awesome! 

“We were scoping a horse who ended up with a bloody nose … it was a doozy, and we used several blue surgical towels to staunch the flow and mop it up. But we were out of town and had many appointments following the bloody nose, so it was quite late by the time we got back to the office and the towels had sat in the truck for a long time at that point. 

“Usually, regular washing doesn’t get all the blood out once it’s sat that long, and we’re left with stained towels. But on a whim that day, we threw the bloody towels into the sink following the scope cleaning and let them soak in the enzymatic cleaning solution. It worked like magic to remove all traces of the blood! In five minutes, the blood was gone and no stains remained! I was impressed! 

“I hope this helps make someone else’s cleanup easier some day!”

In this new series called Equine Tech Tips, the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians and Associates (AAEVT) has asked its members to share tips that they use in everyday practice with the EquiManagement audience. The AAEVT welcomes everyone in the veterinary industry to be members, from certified vet technicians and vet assistants, to front-office staff, veterinarians and students.

If you are an AAEVT member and want to share Tech Tips with the EquiManagement audience, please get in touch with AAEVT Executive Director Deb Reeder.

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