Paper: Clinical signs best predictors of mortality in critically ill calves
In a new study of more than 1,400 critically ill calves with diarrhea, Peter D. Constable and his colleagues found that clinical signs of disease were better predictors of mortality than the laboratory data that clinicians have relied upon historically. Constable is the dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois. (Photo by L. Brian Stauffer)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Clinical signs such as gastrointestinal problems or septic arthritis may be better predictors of mortality in neonatal calves with diarrhea than blood pH levels and other laboratory findings, a new study suggests.
The research also may finally resolve a century-old debate among scientists about the blood pH levels needed to sustain life in humans and other mammals………