Month: July 2014

Grab Your Nearest Gadget and Save These Dates!

UHMS Chapter Meetings are back, and they are more engaging, enriching, and educational than ever!

Join us in one of three great cities around the U.S. for a unique, dynamic, three-day CME/CEU accredited event that will give you the tools you need to create an exceptional practice in diving and undersea medicine, hyperbaric medicine, and wound care.

Your local UHMS Chapter Meeting is the one event where you can learn and network with the best and the brightest leaders in the fields of diving and undersea medicine, hyperbaric medicine, and wound care. You will leave with all the education you need to take your clinical practice to the next level of success. Register today for the best price (and save)!

“Attending the Pacific Coast Chapter meeting has allowed me the opportunity to meet local and regional exports in the field. I have built and maintained strong personal and professional relationships over the years with these friends and colleagues, and I would not have been able to do that if I had not attended this meeting.” – E. Huang, MD, UHMS and PCC member

Industry pioneers will lead the charge, teaching about:

  • The latest developments in dive medicine and practical applications for divers (along with some very entertaining “salty sea tales”)
  • Solutions to current challenges facing hyperbaric clinicians
  • State-of-the-art strategies for treating problem wounds

Set aside these dates and join us!

Catch the early bird pricing still available for some cities and save $100 off the price of registration! Refer a friend or colleague and save even more!

Get these dates freed up and join us!

“STOP” prior to the start of every hyperbaric treatment: UHMS Position Statement

StopThe Safety Committee of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society recommends that a Safety Time Out/Pause (STOP) be performed prior to the start of every hyperbaric treatment. A STOP should be completed regardless of multiplace or monoplace operations. A STOP will be performed in order to be compliant with safety goals, to combat complacency, and document completion of our unique safety practices. We recommend that the STOP be modeled after the timeouts performed before surgical procedures.

The Practice of Hyperbaric medicine is a procedure-oriented specialty, each patient should have two identifiers verified and the patient should agree to the procedure. For the safety of patients and staff, we strongly encourage documentation of a STOP verifying the “Right Patient, Right Treatment and Right Safety.”

The STOP checklist should include: Checklist

  • Checking the patient ground (monoplace)
  • All prohibited items are removed from the chamber (both monoplace and multiplace)
  • The treatment profile and staffing plan should be confirmed
  • The completed STOP checklist dated and signed or initialed by two staff members prior to closing the door of the chamber.

The Society recommends that each hyperbaric facility and institution develop and implement a Safety Time Out/Pause (STOP) protocol with these basic elements. A more detailed protocol may be in order depending on the specific needs of the facility.

Reference: The Joint Commission, Standards, National Patient Safety Goal, Universal Protocol, accessed 4-12-2014

Submitted: May 2014

Approved: June 2014

Posted: July 2014

UHMS Accreditation for Free-Standing Hyperbaric Clinics: What is the benefit?

Is it a goal of your free-standing hyperbaric clinic to achieve UHMS Accreditation? If not, your facility is missing a huge opportunity. Having UHMS Accreditation sends the message to referring physicians, regulatory and insurance companies, patients, and your local community that meeting a national standard of high quality health care is your clinic’s #1 priority.

Becoming a UHMS Accredited facility proves that your facility has been examined at by a non-biased third party and found to be on a level playing field with a hospital environment. It also proves that your facility has a very competent clinical team. Accreditation reassures regulators and insurance companies by satisfying concerns about safety practices and quality patient care.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is this, it may cost your facility more money up front to earn UHMS Accreditation, however, look at the cost benefit. If practitioners trust your facility and make more referrals, your caseload increases, and with it your bottom line. Insurance providers trust that your quality of care is at the highest level, so reimbursement is not in question. When your bottom line increases, your clinic doors stay open, and you keep your job! And, if your staff has a higher level of knowledge, competence, and performance you will have less incidents that occur, and thus incur less overall risk.

“The UHMS accreditation process offered my office based hyperbaric centers an opportunity to be compared with outstanding hospital affiliated centers across the nation. Much like office based radiation oncology practices that are surveyed and accredited by The American College of Radiology ( a complementary accrediting organization with Joint Commission), the UHMS accreditation has given us an opportunity to negotiate with commercial carriers on a level playing field with outpatient hospital departments. Additionally, it is always important to have another set of eyes looking over your safety procedures and validating that your efforts are first rate!”  -Helen Gelly, MD, FCCWS, UHM/ABPM, HyperbaRXS

Credentialing Standards

For more information about credentialing standards, we invite you to read the recently published UHMS Credentialing and Privileging Guidelines for Hyperbaric Medicine Physicians in the U.S.A.

The guidelines detail the essentials of credentialing standards for hyperbaric medicine physicians practicing in the U.S.A. These standards were developed by an ad hoc committee of the UHMS. As per John J. Feldmeier, DO, FACR, FUHM and President of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), “this document is not meant to be an all encompassing statement of credentialing and privileging for hyperbaric physicians. We plan to publish a larger document in a future edition of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Journal to address more detailed standards for American physicians as well as standards for privileging our international UHMS members in their own countries.”