About the Book
The UHMS Operations Committee Report, originally published in January 2000, was the Society’s first attempt to provide written guidance related to training, responsibility, staffing, safety, and quality assurance for hyperbaric medicine facilities. It was revised in 2007 and published as the UHMS Guidelines for Hyperbaric Facility Operations. The main focus of the new material in the 2007 publication was to provide information on the UHMS Clinical Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation Program.
Updates in the UHMS Guidelines
This edition of the UHMS Guidelines for Hyperbaric Facility Operations is not intended to be inclusive, to rewrite authoritative texts, or to usurp accepted organizations or certifying bodies. However, it often references these standards, when appropriate. It is not the intent of this guide to replace or override any state or local institutional procedure or standard.
This 2015 edition incorporates information from two major Society Position Statements:
- Clinician Attendance of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (March 2009)
- UHMS Credentialing and Privileging Guidelines for Hyperbaric Medicine Physicians in the U.S.A. (June 2014).
Unlike previous editions, the current publication has benefitted from extensive input by the Associates of the UHMS on matters related to nursing and technical personnel.
During the last several decades, the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) has witnessed an extraordinary growth of interest and activity in the field of hyperbaric medicine. This is due, in part, to the important progress made in defining the mechanisms of action of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and to a growing awareness of its place in the medical treatment of various aspects of hypoxic-related illnesses. An increasing awareness of the significance of problems facing patients suffering from chronic and non-healing wounds in our aging society and the opportunity to improve patient outcomes have further stimulated the growth of this specialty.
As with rapid growth in other specialties, the need exists for basic recommendations to guide practitioners on issues such as training, responsibility, staffing, credentialing, safety, and quality assurance. These recommendations are designed to help improve medical care, optimize outcomes, maintain safety, and positively affect the lives of our patients. As is the case with the practice of any medical specialty, responsibility to ensure competency, quality of care, and safety falls to the providers of that care and the institutions that support their practice.
By providing these recommendations, the UHMS hopes to stimulate and support the continued evolution of the safe and effective practice of this specialty.