Hagyard's Hyperbaric Chamber Up and Running

The hyperbaric oxygen chamber at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, in Lexington, Ky., is back in operation after being shut down for evaluation following an accident involving a similar piece of equipment in Florida.

According to a statement posted Feb. 27 on Hagyard's Facebook page, "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 statement said.

One employee and a horse were killed Feb. 10 at Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center (KESMARC) Florida, located 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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Deirdre Biles

Deirdre Biles is the Bloodstock Sales Editor for The Blood-Horse magazine.

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