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Fast-Track Education 4: Hyperbaric Facility Operations (Staffing roles, UHMS Accreditation, Practice Models and NFPA Update)

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Course Objectives:

Top 10 Maintenance Issues:  A hyperbaric facility is composed of a variety of electrical and mechanical systems. The components of these systems go beyond the hyperbaric chamber. The manager/safety director of a hyperbaric facility should take responsibility for the maintenance program of the facility. This involves understanding what components are/are not maintained by the chamber manufacturer and other vendors, and making sure someone is maintaining all system components.


  1. Describe the scope of a hyperbaric facility maintenance program.
  2. Identify components typically maintained by the chamber manufacturer.
  3. Identify commonly neglected maintenance issues.

NFPA Update: The 2015 edition of NFPA 99 is available to the public. Although it will take some time for various jurisdictions to adopt the new code, it is important to be aware of the safety guidance offered within. Changes including specifications for chamber interior paint, chamber garments, upholstered chamber furniture, and chamber mattresses. 


  1. Identify new requirements in the 2015 edition of NFPA 99.
  2. Identify changes to the requirements from the previous edition of NFPA 99.
  3. Identify useful information in Annex A and Annex B of NFPA 99.

Hyperbaric Safety: Role of the Medical Director

  1. Understand the duty to protect patients is a broad mandate and includes a public safety role.
  2. Recognize the importance of policies, procedures, and written exceptions as primary tools for patient safety.
  3. Understand the hyperbaric ramifications of implantable devices.
  4. Use the “Swiss Cheese” model of patient safety to analyze hyperbaric incidents.

Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation Update

This presentation will describe the history of the UHMS Clinical Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation and explore the impact that accreditation has had on the US hyperbaric medicine community.  Additionally, it will focus on what have been significant recommendations for improvement from recent surveys.


  1. The attendee should appreciate the significance of achieving ISO 9001-2008 certification.
  2. The attendee should understand the most recommendations for improvement such as currency of CME/CEU, the importance of formal introductory training for clinical staff and board certification.

The Role of the Safety Director

This presentation will describe how to implement the responsibilities and authority of the Safety Director as defined in NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code.  Examples of improvement opportunities that have been identified in the UHMS Clinical Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation Program will be provided.


  1. The attendee should understand what is expected of the hyperbaric Safety Director to better insure a successful UHMS accreditation survey.
  2. The attendee should know hyperbaric safety director should seek additional training in hyperbaric safety related courses beyond what is introduced in initial hyperbaric medicine training.


  • Non-Member: $90
  • Regular UHMS Member: $70
  • Associate UHMS Member: $50

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 physicians.


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 Statement

The Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 4.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC ABPM: This activity has been approved by the American Board of Preventive Medicine for up to 2 MOC credits. Claiming ABPM MOC credit is appropriate for those who are ABPM diplomates.

Nursing/RRT: This enduring material is approved for 4.50 contact hours provided by Florida Board of Registered Nursing/RRT Provider #50-10881.

NBDHMT: This enduring material is approved for 4.50 Category A credit hours by National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology, 9 Medical Park, Suite 330, Columbia, South Carolina 29203.

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.


For over 40 years the UHMS has been the primary source of information for hyperbaric medicine and physiology worldwide.  This enduring  material has as its goal to address identified professional practice gaps and provide a quality CME opportunity which will improve scientific knowledge and skills for hyperbaric and wound care: physicians, nurses and technicians, and other clinicians and personnel whose practice includes hyperbaric medicine and wound care.     

Target Audience – Safety Directors, Medical Directors, Physicians, Nurses, CHT’s and any other administrator or allied health professional with an interest or scope of practice regarding Hyperbaric Facility Operations and Safety.  

Principle Faculty

  • Tom Workman, CHT
  • Eugene R. Worth, M.D., M.Ed.
  • Robert B. Sheffield, BA, CHT
  • Bradley Walker, DMT, CHT, EMTP, MBA
  • Karl E. Huggins
  • Ray Barrett

Date of the activity’s original release –  January 30, 2016

Termination date – January 30, 2019

General Disclosure

Name of IndividualIndividuals Role in ActivityName of Commercial Interest (If Applicable)Nature of Relationship
Tom Workman Faculty None N/A
Eugene Worth, MD Faculty None N/A
Robert Sheffield Faculty None N/A
Bradley Walker Faculty None N/A
Karl Huggins Faculty None N/A
Enoch Huang, MD Faculty None N/A
Ray Barrett Faculty None N/A
Stacy Harmon, BS Planner None N/A
Heather Murphy-Lavoie, MD UHMS Reviewer None N/A
Joanne Feldman, MD UHMS Reviewer None N/A

 There was no commercial support for this activity.

Hardware/Software Requirements:
Hardware required for a learner to participate in this enduring material event includes:

  • Computer with internet connection and a modern, updated browser
  • Note: If using IE 6 or IE 7 we cannot guarantee that the courses will work.
  • Audio speakers to listen to the lectures
  • Keyboard to take the quizzes

This enduring material event is produced for online use, and was created using the following platforms:

  • Video format: MP4 video; High Definition; hosted on
  • Aspect Ratio: frame width 1280p x height 720p
  • Audio: Sample Rate 48k Hz; Bit rate 189 kbps; Channels 2 (stereo)
  • Frames per second: 29 frames per second

Provider Contact Information: If at any time during participation in this online CME enduring material event, a learner can contact UHMS, by clicking on "Contact Us" tab located on the far right hand side of the main menu bar found at the top of the screen. Also, the contact phone number and email address (hotlink) is always displayed on the top center of the screen, under the main menu bar.

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS)
631 U.S. Highway 1, Suite 307
North Palm Beach, FL 33408
Phone: +1-919-490-5140/877-533-8467
Fax: +1-919-490-5140
Email: [email protected]

Course Credits


Continuing Education Credits are provided when a participant passes the course with 60% or higher on their overall grade of the course quizzes. Each quiz also will allow two attempts. If a participant fails the course, the UHMS will allow a re-take of the course at a 50% discount to their designated full price rate.

The information provided at this CME activity 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.

Undersea and Hyperbaric
Medical Society (UHMS)
631 U.S. Highway 1, Suite 307
North Palm Beach, FL 33408
Phone: +1-919-490-5140
Toll Free: 877-533-8467
Fax: +1-919-490-5140

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