The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center Makes Improvements To Their Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber
Ocala, FL (June 22, 2012) – The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center, a world-class rehab and conditioning facility located in Ocala, Florida, has built a solid reputation on their ability to condition and rehabilitate equines of all disciplines. Part of The Sanctuary’s commitment to the equine industry involves continual improvements, as well as maintaining the highest of standards, on all of their state-of-the-art equipment.
“The highest safety standards for all horses, staff and visitors is of paramount importance to The Sanctuary, and recently we made additional improvements to our Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber,” said Brenda McDuffee, General Manager of The Sanctuary’s 30-acre Ocala facility. “Our facility has had great success over the years with helping to rehab horses and get them back in the show ring or condition horses that are competing, and while our goal hasn’t changed we want to make sure we are doing it in the safest way possible.”
McDuffee explained that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a procedure that delivers increased amounts of oxygen to diseased or injured tissues. It is currently one of the most powerful tools available as an adjunctive form of therapy, and in some cases it works well as the primary therapy for horses. Oxygen is delivered to the patient under pressure, the procedure concentrates the oxygen available in the air breathed by the horse, which allows more oxygen to be dissolved into the blood plasma and delivered to the injured or diseased tissues.
“The improvements we have made to our hyperbaric chamber are related to our control panel and backup systems,” she said. “In human hyperbaric chambers they require double redundancy, or double backup systems, and that is what we have added to our machine at The Sanctuary.”
McDuffee added that The Sanctuary has always maintained the strictest protocol with their hyperbaric chamber. “Horses are not allowed to have any shoes during the procedure, and we maintain a strict a list of all products not allowed into the chamber. The horse is thoroughly washed to get all products off, the chamber is wet so the humidity level is quite high throughout the treatment and nothing else is allowed into the chamber, including halters, feed, sheets or anything that could potentially cause any problem. The veterinarians are given an Rx form to prescribe the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatments which also contains any medications or physical conditions that should not be allowed into the chamber.”
The Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber is a successful and highly-sought after form of therapy that has a high success rate with a wide range of acute and chronic conditions including: post surgical and slow healing wounds; tendon and ligament injuries; infections; colic (post surgical); laminitis and navicular syndrome; pneumonia and internal abscesses; tissue necrosis; and pre and post stem cell surgery patients just to name a few.
“The entire staff at The Sanctuary is pleased with the improvements to our Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chamber and we are look forward to continue treating horses with this fantastic form of therapy,” McDuffee said. “Our goal is to keep every horse competing at the top of their game.”
For more information on The Sanctuary, visit their website at www.sanctuaryequinerehab.com
Photo: The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center, a world-class rehab and conditioning facility located in Ocala, Florida, recently made additional improvements to their Hyperbaric Oxygen chamber. (Photo courtesy of The Sancutary)
For more information contact:
The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center
www.sanctuaryequinerehab.com 1-352-369-HEAL (4325)