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President's Column

Peter Witucki, MD

Fourth Quarter 2023

As I write this message, we have just concluded the UHMS Physician’s Training in Diving Medicine Course (PTDM) 2023. We had a great turnout with 44 physicians in attendance, including the HBO fellows and several Wilderness Medicine Fellows. The class was very engaged, asked great questions, and w...

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Executive Director’s Report

John S. Peters, MBA, FACHE

Greetings from all of us here at UHMS!

As we prepare to close the books on another year and usher in a new one, focus on our mission remains the priority. We are facing significant challenges shaping our specialty. Challenges like the erosion of the practice of medicine, the decline in 24/7 urgent and emergent programs, the dismissiv...

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Associates Column

Richard "Gus" Gustavson, MPH, RN, CHRNC, CWCN, CHT, CRT

Creative Solutions & Reconstructive Principles after Grizzly Bear Mauling: Presentation by Guest Speaker: Lily Daniali, MD, FACS

The Associate Townhall concept was introduced to provide a venue for topics related to Hyperbaric Medicine, but may not meet the threshold for continuing education units.  The associate council wanted to offer topics to the Associate membership that expanded their overall knowledge in the Di...

Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation

Derall W. Garrett, CHT

Why should one pursue Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation when it is voluntary?

Why should one pursue Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation when it is voluntary? The UHMS Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation establishes a set of standards in consultation with industry experts, incorporating the codes and regulations of the industry. These standards encompass various aspects such a...

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Medical Device Approval Process Form

CLICK HERE FOR THE FORM DESCRIPTION OF MEDICAL DEVICE APPROVAL PROCESS – CLASS ‘A' MULTIPLACE CHAMBERS  PURPOSE  The following Medical Device Approval Process is a generic process that has been endorsed by the Hyperbaric Oxygen Safety Committee of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical ...

Multicenter Hyperbaric Outcomes Registry: 2023 Q4 Update

The Multicenter Registry for Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment includes 26 centers that agree to enter standard outcome measures on all the patients they see. These data are being published to inform the medical community about the uses of hyperbaric oxygen treatment and the outcomes.  Recent M...

Prohibited Item Risk Assessment

Introduction What is the rationale behind having a prohibited items assessment/checklist for each hyperbaric unit? The hyperbaric safety program forms the cornerstone of every hyperbaric medicine service, offering essential guidance to identify and mitigate the potential risks and hazards associ...

A Message from the Safety Committee

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Not just in human health but in the life of your hyperbaric equipment, a preventative maintenance program keeps your systems running efficiently, economically, and most importantly safely. Preventative maintenance is the act of performing regul...

Multicenter Hyperbaric Outcomes Registry: 2023 Q3 Update

The Multicenter Hyperbaric Outcomes Registry collects a defined set of outcome measures for all 14 UHMS-approved, and for some emerging hyperbaric oxygen treatment indications. The registry is a consortium of participating treatment centers. All participating sites use the same Research Electroni...

Remarks from Dr. Michael Strauss upon receiving the 2023 UHMS Behnke Award

June 18, 2023, San Diego, California It is indeed a great honor to receive the premier award of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. Dr. Behnke, although retired at the time, was a willing audience for my novel ideas about diving medicine upon my entry into the Navy 56-years ago. His ins...

Care of the Forensic Patient in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

A forensic patient is one who is under the legal custody of law enforcement or correction facility. The United States has over 2 million individuals who are incarcerated.1 Of these individuals, 800,000 were found to have chronic conditions requiring medical care. Comparatively, incarcerated patie...

The Role of the RN in Hyperbaric Medicine

Background Hyperbaric oxygen therapy relies on a chamber operator as well as a supervising provider. The generally accepted industry standard is one chamber operator for every two hyperbaric chambers. Many programs train and develop chamber operators from a variety of clinical backgrounds includi...