Hagyard's Hyperbaric Chamber Up and Running
by Deirdre B. Biles
Date Posted: 2/27/2012 3:05:53 PM
Last Updated: 2/28/2012 12:36:48 PM

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.

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