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How Accidents Happen In The Hyperbaric Environment

Hyperbaric Facility Safety

For some accidents there is a "smoking gun". However, most accidents are caused by a combination of factors, each of which contributes in some manner. Often these factors accumulate over some period of time preceeding the accident. This chapter addresses the factors that foster conditions under which accidents are more likely to happen and discusses some of the steps to be taken to avoid them. Also included is a case history illustrating several of the factors. 

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The 2 Aspects of Hyperbaric Safety

Learn Hyperbaric Facility Safety

There are two distinct aspects to the field of hyperbaric medicine that influence safety: 

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Kid-Friendly Earth Day Ideas and Resources

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Kid-Friendly Ideas and Resources

Create Egg Carton Turtles

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Tribute to Alese Pechter: A life of love, joy, and wonder

Alese Pechter, an icon of the scuba diving industry, has left a legacy of love, joy, and constant wonder at the world around her. 

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An Unexpected Odyssey

We had entered a dense fog bank! I had a rather helpless feeling, as a boy of 18, guiding 2,300 tons of steel into the unknown at ten knots, with no way of notifying anyone. Fortunately after a few minutes, which seemed like an eternity, the mate returned to the bridge. Flipping on the radar on the port side of the wheelhouse, he remarked, "Looks like we've got a bit of thick weather." He stepped out on the bridge wing and blew his police whistle to alert Kalle Holm, my watch partner. Kalle immediately stuck his head over the top of the bridge ladder and was ordered to the bow to stand lookout. 

When the radar had warmed up, the mate said, "Looks like we've got another ship out there. Give her five degrees starboard."

I heard the ship's bell strike three times . . . It was the other ship's bow lookout and we were directly in his path! I saw a huge bow as high as our wheelhouse loom out of the fog!"

The above is just one of the hair-raising experiences described by Dr. Kindwall as he writes of his time in the merchant marines, and via Yale and Harvard, running a safe-house for the CIA, submarine school, patrol on an early Polaris nuclear submarine, and work with "sandhogs" in compressed air tunnel construction. 

Find more details here about the book, "Unexpected Odyssey, From Merchant Sailor to Hyperbaric Physician" by Eric P. Kindwall, MD

 

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What can be used to disinfect acrylic chambers?

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In many hospitals that treat hyperbaric patients, the task at hand is getting the infection control policy makers to understand that many of the hospital-based disinfectants cannot safely be used on the acrylics of both multiplace and monoplace chambers. The most-asked question is, “What can now be used to disinfect acrylic chambers?” With the increasing concern over nosocomial infections and the possible effect they have on patient outcomes, keeping the hyperbaric chamber infection free is a major concern for all. On page 274 of Hyperbaric Facility Safety: A Practical Guide, 2nd Edition you can find the most current list of disinfectants that can used on the acrylic portion on both multiplace and monoplace chambers, and the products that have been identified acceptable for use on acrylic hyperbaric chambers for infection control.

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Gas Gangrene: Antiobiotics vs. HBO2

Although the incidence of clostridial myonecrosis infections has dropped precipitously in recent decades, it always remins a threat in injuries where contamination and severe tissue disruption have occurred. The decreased incidence of clostridial myonecrosis is attributed to the increased diligence of clinicians in preventing clostridial organisms from proliferating. This has been realized through the immediate initiation of antibiotics in open injuries, the use of prophylactic antibiotics in surveries, and the appreciation of the value of meticulous debridements in injuries where amssive contamination (e.g., farm-related), severe trauma to tissues (e.g., combat-related), and tissue death from hypoxia have occurred. 

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Clinical Presentation of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide exposed patients commonly present with nonspecific symptoms that mimic influenza-like illnesses (Table 1). Symptoms typically include headache, dizziness, nausea, vomting, weakness, and fatigue. The most common symptom reports is headache.

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Dr. Michael Strauss Receives Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Michael Strauss received the inaugural Best Publishing Company Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday, June 28, 2018. The award was presented during the UHMS Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

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Your Complimentary Copy of the UHMS Pressure Newsletter - 2018 First Quarter Issue

 

Our friends and colleagues at the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) invite you to enjoy a complimentary copy of Pressure, the Society's bimonthly newsletter.

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DEMA Show 2017 - Booth #2438

 

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Upcoming Events Fall 2017

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Spending Time with Mary Higgins Clark

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Recently Alese Pechter, author of Skyward Bound attended the BookExpo in New York City, NY. BookExpo is the largest trade book show in the USA. She was promoting her recently released children's book, Skyward BoundWhile at the show, Alese had the good fortune of meeting and spending time with world famous author Mary Higgins Clark who was also at the show promoting her new book. 

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Your Chance to Meet the 'Giants' of Hyperbaric Medicine

 

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Join Alese Pechter at Book Expo in NYC

Content is being consumed in more dynamic ways than ever before and new methods must be used to engage readers.

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What You Can Expect from Hyperbaric Medicine Practice, 4th Ed.

A textbook may sometimes gain the unusual trait of longevity beyond all other books — it can be revised
and remain a primary source of information for generations of students.

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Beneath the Sea Dive Show - Meet the Best Authors

Meet the Best authors at Beneath the Sea Dive Show

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End of Year Stock Up on Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Texts

 

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[Webinar Series] Richie Kohler: A Life Underwater

 

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[Webinar] Richie Kohler, A Life Underwater - December 7 2016

 

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