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Hyperbaric Training – Certified Hyperbaric TechnologistHyperbaric Team Training Course With Chamber Operations by Tyler Sexton MD, CHT, DMT
Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT)
This course has been reviewed and approved by The National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT) meeting the requirements as an introductory course in hyperbaric medicine.
Additionally this course has been reviewed and approved by the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine for 40 Category “A” CEU’s
The 40-hour course is suitable for Physicians and other medical personnel and is comprised of interactive sessions covering the following topics:
- The history of undersea and hyperbaric medicine
- High and low pressure physics
- Diving physiology
- Decompression illness
- Clinical examination
- Approved therapeutic uses of hyperbaric oxygen
- Experimental uses of hyperbaric oxygen
- Transcutaneous oximetry (TCOM)
- Hyperbaric chamber safety
The course prepares students to attend patients undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Included are practical sessions related to:
- Taking patient history
- Conducting physical/neurological examinations
- Administering first aid and medication at the surface and in the hyperbaric chamber environment
Special consideration is given to issues relevant to:
- The toxic effects of oxygen
- Fire hazards
- General chamber safety
Students receive the added benefit of hands-on contact with patients and acquire skills related to the accurate systematic documentation of clinically related events.
Candidates who have medical clearance are afforded an opportunity to experience actual hyperbaric exposures in BOTH monoplace and multiplace HBOT systems.
Hands-on chamber operational experience is available after normal class hours.
Hyperbaric Training – Diving Medical TechnicianDiving & Marine Emergency Medic Training (DMT)
This course has been reviewed and approved by the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine and NBDHMT for 40 Category “A” CEU’s
Commercial, professional and scientific divers often find themselves at work in medical and geographic isolation. Long distances and large bodies of water can complicate medical evacuation of injured divers. This process may be further complicated by access difficulties, such as no runway and limited helicopter landing capabilities. Further, decompression accidents require immediate recompression. Delays in definitive treatment can result in fatal outcome, permanent neurological injury, or other career-ending complications.
It is common to find hyperbaric recompression chambers located at the working divers site of operation. Chambers can be aboard offshore drilling rigs, on oil and gas production platform support vessels, on research vessels and at shore-based island marine science facilities. Treatment guidance will be directed medically by a contracted physician trained in diving medicine. However, it is uncommon for this physician to be in close proximity of the chamber and ready to evaluate the diver and accompany them during treatment. Rather, they may be many hundred to several thousand miles away. To be therapeutically effective, therefore, an on-scene specialized medial presence is essential. A certified DMT, essentially a diving paramedic, represents the best option. Specialized training is necessary for these medics to function effectively as the eyes, hands and ears of the diving medicine physician. Training is extended to invasive skills in order to administer physician ordered adjunctive interventions and manage complications related to decompression insults and barotrauma. The DMT training program was introduced to address this unique need.
What Does This Program Provide? ?Diving and Marine Emergency Medic Training provides focused didactic and practical training that addresses recognition, stabilization and treatment of decompression and other diving-related injuries. These topics represent core curriculum, such as: High and low pressure physics * Diving physiology * Decompression illness * Mix gas diving * Clinical examination
Also covered are the necessary invasive skills that permit optimal medical management. Additional course content includes decompression procedures, chamber operations, and marine life injuries. Region-specific topics such as cold water diving and tropical diving issues are also covered.
Caribbean Hyperbaric Medicine’s Diving and Marine Emergency Medical Training course has been reviewed and approved by the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Technologies for 40 Cat A CEUs. This course is approved until December 31st 2014.