The hyperbaric oxygen chamber at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington is back in operation after being shut down following an accident involving a similar piece of equipment in Florida.
According to an announcement, which appeared on Hagyard’s Facebook page Feb. 27, “additional features” have been installed in the chamber and a thorough review of procedures was conducted to enhance “our stringent safety protocols.” The first horse treated in the chamber after the safety review was a foal that had severely damaged the nerves in his chest and forearm while playing in a paddock. The chamber is located at the promiment veterinary clinic's McGee Medical Center.
One employee and a horse were killed Feb. 10 at KESMARC Florida near Ocala when a hyperbaric chamber exploded. In addition, another employee was injured. Hagyard announced the shutdown of its chamber for a safety review Feb. 13 on Facebook.