UHMS moves to Manuscript Manager editorial platform

To:  All UHMJ contributors and reviewers

Re:  Change in editorial platform for online paper submissions and reviews: https://www.manuscriptmanager.net/uhm

Dear Contributors and Reviewers to the UHM Journal:

Effective immediately UHMS is moving to Manuscript Manager editorial platform for all new submissions. Current authors and reviewers are aware of the change.

Make all new submissions at https://www.manuscriptmanager.net/uhm

As for pending submissions/papers in progress, all remaining papers will be dealt with directly from Dr. Camporesi’s and my respective desks.

Besides the platform change, we have kept our basic guides and requirements.

We will do our very best to make this transition smooth for you (and us). Please be patient with us during this move.

If you have questions, please send them to renee@uhms.org.

 

UHMS welcomes Derall Garrett as new UHMS Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation Director

Derall Garrett has joined the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society as Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation Director. His appointment became effective Monday, December 4, when he began work with retiring accreditation director Tom Workman and HFA coordinator Beth Hands.

Mr. Garrett has been working in the field of hyperbaric medicine for more than a decade. He is a graduate of the College of Oceaneering, certified as a commercial diver and a diver medic. He is a Certified Hyperbaric Technician through the National Board of Diving Hyperbaric Technologist since 2000.

Garrett has experience working with both Class A and B hyperbaric systems in a variety of settings. He is certified by two hyperbaric chamber manufacturers to provide service and maintenance to their Class B hyperbaric systems.

“Derall is uniquely qualified for the position of Director of the HFA department,” noted UHMS Executive Director John Peters. “His years of experience as an accreditation surveyor will benefit the department and the UHMS greatly.

“Tom has done a remarkable job preparing the position for Derall,” added Peters. “With assistance from HFA Coordinator Beth Hands, UHMS Accreditation Council Chair Dr. Brett Hart, and myself, Derall will have a dedicated support system as he comes up to speed.”

In addition, Tom Workman will provide an expanded department orientation beyond his December 31 retirement date.

Derall Garrett joined Diversified Therapy in 2002 as the Safety Director for the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine program at University Community Hospital – Carrollwood, Tampa, Florida. In 2006, Mr. Garrett became the VP of Hyperbaric Services for Innovative Healing Systems until 2012. From 2012 to now, he has been working under his own branded hyperbaric consulting and service company, providing services globally.

A resident of Melbourne Beach, Florida, Mr. Garrett has been a UHMS member since 2003 and UHMS HFA surveyor since 2013 and has completed numerous surveys over the years.

For more information on UHMS accreditation, see http://www.uhms.org.

Increase your credits: UHMS ASM 2017 poster presentations are ready to review

The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society is making it even easier to increase your CME credits online through its CME Portal.

The 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting poster presentations are now available at the UHMS Online CME Portal at the following link: www.courses-uhms.org

This access is available to everyone, not just ASM 2017 attendees. Just log in to the UHMS Online CME Portal to find the presentations. Registered 2017 ASM Participants received a coupon code to access at no charge.

You can create an account if you haven’t already registered at the UHMS Online CME Portal, then log in. You can access this program as well as many other educational opportunities. Plus, the portal is available to everyone, although UHMS members receive substantial discounts on all programs.

How it works
This educational program includes reading 90 poster presentations that were presented at the 2017 UHMS Annual Scientific Meeting in Naples, Florida. This program offers an opportunity to review the latest research and science on topics relevant to undersea medicine, hyperbaric medicine and/or wound care in a poster PDF format.

The participant is expected to answer one question for each of the 90 poster presentations. CME credit will be granted if an overall passing score is achieved. Partial credit is not offered per session, but the CME/CEU credit certificate will be provided after each session provided all conditions are met.

Note: NBDHMT approved only some posters for credit. NBDHMT participants participating for Category ‘A’ credit should answer only the questions designated for them in each session marked to include the following posters:
B7, C1, C2, C3, C9, C15, C16, C17, C19, C20, D13, D15, D18, E1, E2, E4, E5, E6, E8, E11, E13, E14 E15, E16, E17, F2, F3, F5, F6, F11, F14, F16, F19

LOGISTICS
Target audience
Physicians, Scientists, Nurses, CHTs, Students and anyone with an interest in undersea medicine, hyperbaric medicine and/or wound care.

Prices
2017 UHMS ASM registered attendees to the general session: FREE
UHMS Regular Member: $393.75
UHMS Associate Member: $281.25
Non-Member: $506.25

Accreditation statement
The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physician.

Disclosure
All faculty members and planners participating in continuing medical education activities sponsored by UHMS are expected to disclose to the participants any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Full disclosure of faculty and planner relevant financial relationships will be made at the activity.

Designation statements
Physician CME: The Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 22.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
MOC ABPM: The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) has approved this activity for a maximum of 22.50 LLSA credits towards ABPM MOC Part II requirements.
Nursing/RRT: This enduring material is approved for 22.50 contact hours provided by Florida Board of Registered Nursing/RRT Provider #50-10881.
NBDHMT: This enduring material is approved for 8.25 Category A credit hours by National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology, 9 Medical Park, Suite 330, Columbia, South Carolina 29203

For full course information and to access today, please visit this page: http://www.courses-uhms.org/courses/uhms-2017-annual-scientific-meeting-poster-presentations.html

Disclaimer
The information provided by this CME material is for Continuing Medical Education purposes only. The lecture content, statements or opinions expressed however, do not necessarily represent those of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), its affiliates or its employees.

~ Reported by Stacy Harmon, UHMS CME Coordinator

It’s FUHM time.

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UHMS is accepting Fellow of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine applications through the end of the year.

How to nominate your candidate
Log in to the member site at www.uhms.org and paste the following link in your web browser address bar: https://www.uhms.org/members/fuhm.html

Or log in to the UHMS website and then paste these links in your browser:

CLINICIAN APPLICATION
https://www.uhms.org/images/UHM-Fellow/FUHM_CLINICIAN_APPLICATION_FINAL.pdf

SCIENTIST APPLICATION
https://www.uhms.org/images/UHM-Fellow/FUHM_SCIENTIST_APPLICATION_FINAL.pdf

What’s in a name?
Becoming a FUHM is a special honor, an acknowledgment of achievement and of the high standards of expertise, practice and contribution to the field of UHM. Here’s the scoop.

Policy and purpose
Recognition as a Fellow of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine is awarded to individual members of the Society whose professional activities and standing are judged to be worthy of recognition. The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Board of Directors confers this recognition based upon the criteria and procedures set forth in the policy document at https://www.uhms.org/members/fuhm.html

Who can be a FUHM?
Candidates considered eligible for the FUHM award will be members of the Society in good standing who have devoted significant time and effort to the practice or advancement of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine (UHM), achieved the highest level of expertise in their field, and demonstrate professional and ethical standards consistent with the aims and expectations of the UHMS.

What does it mean to be a FUHM?
Although FUHM recognition is not an academic qualification or specialty certification, FUHMs may utilize their award to demonstrate advanced achievement and expertise in Hyperbaric and/or Diving Medicine through, for instance, display of their FUHM award certificate, use of appropriate post-nominals, and inclusion of information regarding their award in CVs, résumés and analogous documents.

Once awarded, FUHM status is not automatically retained, but is contingent upon the continued good standing of the individual and membership in the UHMS. Consequently, the BOD may rescind FUHM recognition in accordance with the procedures listed.

What is the application process?
Please review all the requirements for application on the UHMS website.

  • All applicants must be nominated for FUHM recognition by current FUHM awardees, BOD members, or the FUHM Committee.  
  • The deadline for the nomination letter and application is January 1, 2018, with no exceptions.
  • There are no self-nominations allowed.
  • Once the nomination letter has been reviewed by the Committee and the nominee is determined to have met all criteria for FUHM status, an application will be sent to the nominee.
  • Nominees interested in pursuing formal FUHM recognition must then submit an application requesting consideration for FUHM award no later than February 1, 2018.
  • For applicants meeting criteria, letters of support and any other documentation required by the FUHM Committee will be due by March 1, 2018. The material will then be reviewed by the FUHM Committee and advanced to the Board of Directors for a final decision.

Know a deserving person? Of course you do. Start your nomination process today.

 

UHMS announces position statement on low-pressure, soft-sided hyperbaric chambers

The Board of Directors of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society recently approved a new position statement addressing low-pressure, soft-sided hyperbaric chambers.

The gist: The marketing and operation of portable low-pressure fabric hyperbaric chambers for indications other than acute mountain sickness is considered off-label.

The use of the low-pressure fabric hyperbaric chambers is commonly called mild hyperbaric therapy (MHT or mHBOT). Marketing and use of these devices as clinical hyperbaric chambers is also common, and consumers should use caution. Using mHBOT with air as designed, will deliver no more oxygen to the body than breathing oxygen by mask at sea level pressure. We are not aware of any reliable clinical evidence that mild compression to less than 1.4 ATA has any therapeutic effect. Mild Hyperbaric therapy is being offered in clinical chambers as well as the low pressure fabric hyperbaric chambers. The UHMS does not recommend the use of mHBOT for any medical purpose other than acute mountain sickness.

For details as well as reference materials, see the attached PDF.

Low Pressure – Soft Chamber UHMS Position Statement Final

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: New UHMS Indications book

The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society is accepting proposals to produce, publish and distribute the UHMS Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Indications, 14th Ed. (“Work”) in print, eBook and on secure thumb drive.

The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to solicit proposals from various publishing houses in order to conduct a fair and extensive evaluation based on criteria listed herein, and select the best organization to provide these publishing services.

For a complete view of the request see that attached PDF.

RFP UHMS Indications 14th Ed. v2

 

The Academy of Underwater Arts & Sciences (AUAS) announces the AUAS/DAN Diving Medicine Scholarship

The Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences (AUAS) announces the creation of the AUAS/DAN Diving Medicine Research Scholarship. Founded with matching funds from Divers Alert Network (DAN), this annual scholarship will encourage research on topics that expand the body of knowledge of human physiology in the marine environment.

NOGI Logo small“The scholarship was created through a generous initial donation from a NOGI Fellow, and with the matching funds from DAN will support important diving medicine research into the future,” stated Dan Orr, President of theAUAS. This annual scholarship provides financial support of up to $10,000. Requests for information or an application for the AUAS/DAN Diving Medicine Scholarship can be sent to info@auas-nogi.org.

Anyone wishing to make a tax deductible donation to support and expand this scholarship can do so through the Academy’s website: www.auas-nogi.org.

The Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, international, multidisciplinary organization dedicated to recognizing pioneers and leaders who have had a significant impact on the exploration, enjoyment, safety and preservation of the underwater world. The AUAS is committed to supporting its members as they pass on the stewardship of the sea to future generations. The AUAS recognizes individuals who have made significant career contributions to the sport, the industry and the world through presenting the NOGI Award annually, the oldest and most prestigious award in the diving world.

 

THE UHMS ACCREDITATION COUNCIL ANNOUNCES NEW CRITERIA FOR FACILITY ACCREDITATION WITH DISTINCTION

The Accreditation Council (AC) of the UHMS has formally approved a new set of objective criteria that must be met for a hyperbaric facility to be accredited With Distinction (WD).  There are now nine, differentially weighted focus areas (ranging from 1 to 2 points) that are assessed in making a WD award determination.  For a hyperbaric facility to be accredited WD, the facility must achieve a minimum score of 6 out of the available 10.5 points.  To qualify relative to a given WD criteria, criteria #1-#5 must be actively met at the time of the survey.  For criteria #6-#9, the facility must demonstrate it has met the criteria at some point within the preceding three-year period (within four years for facilities that were previously accredited with distinction).  The UHMS Board of Directors has determined that qualification for criteria #1 shall be mandatory for all facilities considered for WD recognition.  The balance of the required points may be obtained by meeting any combination of the remaining eight criteria.

Note that these new WD criteria will be applied to all accreditation surveys conducted after January 1, 2018.

The new WD criteria and associated point values are as follows:

#1. The hyperbaric facility Medical Director is certified in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM), the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM), or the American Osteopathic Conjoint Committee of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine (AOCUHM). (1 point – compliance with this element is mandatory)

#2. Through either direct provision or established formal procedures for inter-facility cooperation, ensure that all patients being seen and treated by the HBO2 facility seeking accreditation are afforded, when medically indicated, timely access to HBO2 therapy on a 24-hour per day, seven-day per week basis. (2 points)

#3. As evidenced by patient treatment records documenting the incorporation of critical care monitoring, ventilator management and/or IV infusion support during the performance of hyperbaric treatments and, concurrently, a review of existing provider credentialing files, the HBO2 facility has an adequately equipped chamber and the appropriately trained and experienced staff to provide HBO2 care to critically ill patients. (1.5 points)

#4. All eligible nurses and technicians providing clinical HBO2 care to patients are CHRN/CHT certified. (1 point)

#5. Active hyperbaric facility engagement in a Quality Improvement program (to include Process Improvement) that is:

  1. Initiated by the hyperbaric facility;
  2. Designed to create improvements in the quality of hyperbaric patient care or safety; and
  3. Evidenced by accumulated metrics, data, or impact assessments from ongoing or completed Quality Improvement projects. (1 point)

#6. Members of the hyperbaric facility deliver HBO2-focused presentations at local, regional, national or international conferences. (1 point)

#7. Hyperbaric medicine-related publication in textbooks, peer-reviewed journals, or other professionally referenced documents. (1 point)

#8. Provision of instruction in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.  To satisfy this criterion, one or more of the following must be in place and exercised on a recurring basis:

  1. An ACGME-approved Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship; or
  2. Educational programs that support clinical rotations, clerkships or electives for students or staff (i.e., physicians, nurses, technologists, respiratory therapists, etc.), so long as the programs have:
  3. A developed course content;
  4. Are approved by the governing body or through a collaborative education agreement with an academic institution; and
  5. Are overseen and presented by qualified instructors (i.e., UHM board-certified physicians, certified hyperbaric registered nurses, certified hyperbaric technologists); or
  6. Educational courses, lectures and presentations that either:
  7. Are ACGME-, NBDHMT- or UHMS-approved for CEU/CME credits in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine; or
  8. Provide training that can be applied in support of formal qualification by a UHM certifying board (e.g., ABMS, NBDHMT). (1 point)

#9. Research in the field of hyperbaric medicine that is conducted both:

  1. Under an IRB-approved human use, IACUC-approved animal use or institutionally-approved equipment test and evaluation protocol; and
  2. With the intent to publish or present in UHM professional venues. (1 point)

Direct questions to the Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs office of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society via email at tom@uhms.org or beth@uhms.org; or call +1-210-404-1553, ext 105; fax +1 (210) 404-1535.

 

 

 

UHMS Seeks New Director of Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation Program

After 16 years of dedicated service, Tom Workman, the current accreditation program director, has announced his intention to retire from the UHMS effective January 1, 2018. While he will be missed, his retirement creates an exciting opportunity for a replacement to take the foundation that he created and raise the program to an even higher level. Timing is right, as the entire accreditation process is in transition – a revised manual is in the works, dedicated software to manage various aspects the accreditation program is under development and the geometric growth predicted in the early days is now happening. There is no better way to have an impact on these changes than to be directly involved as they occur.

What will the position offer the new director? Too much to describe in this short announcement, but if you are looking for the opportunity to get directly involved in all aspects of hyperbaric medicine, this might be the right fit for the right person. The director will be engaged with organizations that span our field: the Joint Commission, Det Norske Veritas, the National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the National Fire Protection Association, the Baromedical Nurses Association, International Certifications and various federal, state and local organizations that have an impact on our community. The new director will have the honor of getting to know some of the brightest minds in medicine and work directly with a growing pool of the most talented doctors, nurses and technologist in hyperbaric medicine who unselfishly serve as accreditation program surveyors – all of this while serving as an instrument to improve the quality of care and patient safety in hyperbaric facilities across the country.

Primary requirements for the position are a bachelor’s degree or higher; previous health care management experience; hypo/hyperbaric technology experience; knowledge of industry codes and standards; and ever-present computer literacy. A detailed job description will be posted on the UHMS website at http://www.uhms.org, so if you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity, do not hesitate to review it. For additional details, please contact John Peters, UHMS Executive Director at jpeters@uhms.org or by calling 877-533-8467, ext 100.

UHMS Members featured in local news story about hyperbaric treatment

UHMS members Dr. Marc Robins and Associate Annette Gwilliam of Intermountain’s Utah Valley Hospital were featured in a local new story on the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

The news feature profiled success stories from Eric Anderson and Barbara Allen, both patients of Dr. Robins, who received HBO2 therapy and demonstrated measurable healing. Both were happy to talk about their experiences.

KSL-TV, an NBC-affiliated television station located in Salt Lake City, Utah, ran the story, oddly referring to HBO2 therapy as a ‘bygone’ technology that has regained new life.

UHMS members know hyperbaric oxygen therapy is alive and well. The broadcast does end with the statement that HBO2 is approved for 14 illnesses. So, not so bygone after all.

For the story and to see Marc and Annette on camera, see:

http://www.ksl.com/?sid=43952527&nid=148&title=bygone-navy-technology-used-for-healing-wounds

The Hyperbaric Medicine Department is a UHMS-accredited facility with distinction, the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center Joint Commission-accredited and the Intermountain group a UHMS Corporate Partner.