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Volume 8 - 2017

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    Highlights in this Issue:

    HYPERBARIC MEDICINE: The Advantage to Having Registered Nurses in Hyperbaric Facilities

    By Janet Bello, RN, ACHRN, and Laura Josefsen, RN, ACHRN

     

    HYPERBARIC MEDICINE: UHMS Welcomes Italian Medical Society SIMSI as Affiliate

    By Renée Duncan, UHMS Communications Coordinator

     

    HYPERBARIC MEDICINE: CO: It’s Not Just About the Gas

    By Joseph C. White, MD

     

    HYPERBARIC MEDICINE: What We Can Expect from Hyperbaric Medicine Practice, 4th Edition

    By Henry J.C. Schwartz, MD, FACP

     

    SAFETY: Protecting Patient Privacy

    By Darren Mazza EMT, CHT

     

    WOUND CARE: Protective Footwear: Part 4A in the Diabetic Wound Prevention series

    By Anna M. Tan, Michael B. Strauss, Lientra Q. Lu

     

    WOUND CARE:  Textbook of Chronic Wound Care: Chapter 1

    By Herbert B. Slade MD, FAAAAI, and Jamie M. Slade, MD

     

    DIVE MEDICINE: The Younger-Aged Diver Thriving in the Aquatic Environment

    By Lientra Q. Lu and Michael B. Strauss

          
          
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    Letter From the Editor

    Congratulations to the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Society on their 50th anniversary! This year, the UHMS 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting, held in sunny Naples, Florida, will create a ;forum for professional scientific growth and development of participants to improve knowledge and competence in order to further patient outcome. The meeting provides a basis for exchange of ideas, both scientific and practical, among physicians, researchers, and other health professionals. This is an event you don’t want to miss! Read the article in this issue of WCHM for more information.

    Also at the Annual Scientific Meeting, Best Publishing Company is releasing two important publications:

    More information on these publications, as well as presale and customized-version opportunities are included in this issue.

    Antibiotic overutilization has become a national priority for patient safety by governmental health-care agencies. Laura Josefsen describes how nursing can make a difference.

    The UHMS solicits and reports on feedback from its members and other practitioners from the Supervision of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Survey. Read how you can participate in this effort.

    Dr. Philip James discusses oxygen and the brain, while Gretchen Dixon focuses on the troubled topic for the elements of clinical documentation in the Evaluation and Management (E/M) visit levels, which need reviewing.

    Prolific contributors Dr. Strauss, Anna Tan, and Lientra Lu continue their Diabetic Wound

    Prevention series with Part 4b, where they continue to expound on protective footwear as an essential component for the prevention of new and recurrent wounds.

    Please take advantage of authoring an article for WCHM where you will reach an audience of thousands of wound care and hyperbaric medicine practitioners. Please submit your articles to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 561.776.6066, ext 4. We also invite you to join our elite group of WCHM advertisers to reach your target audience. Enjoy this issue!

    Highlights in this Issue:

    HYPERBARIC MEDICINE: Overutilization of Antibiotics in the Outpatient Wound Care/Hyperbaric Program

    By Laura Josefsen, RN, ACHRN

     

    HYPERBARIC MEDICINE:  Practitioner Poll: Please take the survey

     

    HYPERBARIC MEDICINE: UHMS Celebrates 50 Years of Dedicated Service to the Field of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine 

    By Renée Duncan and Dr. Enoch Huang

     

    HYPERBARIC MEDICINE: Oxygen and the Brain

    By Philip B. James, MB, ChB, DIH, PhD, FFOM 

     

    WOUND CARE:   Protective Footwear - Part 4B in the Diabetic Wound Prevention series

    By Anna M. Tan, Michael B. Strauss, and Lientra Q. Lu

     

    BILLING AND CODING: Begin Summer Training by Understanding the History Components of Evaluation and Management

    By Gretchen Dixon, MBA, RN, CCS, CPCP, ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer

          
          
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    The fall issue of WCHM brings sad news to the diving, hyperbaric medicine, and wound-care industries. Jim T. Joiner, founder and former president of Best Publishing Company, passed away on August 27, 2017. A special section begins this issue, remembering his contributions, achievements, and passion. He will be missed by his colleagues and our sympathies are extended to his family. Jim had proudly published and edited previous editions of the NOAA Diving Manual, so it is fitting that the long-awaited 6th edition is now available for presale. It includes new developments in equipment and cutting-edge methods and procedures to provide a reference text that is useful for not only scientists but also all divers.

    An excerpt from the Baromedical Nurses Association (BNA) website explains the evolution of the BNA and the awards issued to recognize outstanding leaders promoting the mission and vision of hyperbaric nursing in research, education, and safety. Two outstanding clinics are recognized this month in WCHM’s Clinic in Focus section: The Center for Reconstruction and Wound Healing and Riverview Health Wound Care.

    In the field of wound care, Dr. Michael Strauss, Lientra Lu, and Anna Tan provide the last article in their Prevention of New and Recurrent Diabetic Foot Wound series. The article begins with a commentary discussing all five articles published in WCHM. We look forward to continued contributions by these experts in the future.

    Also in the field of wound care, a case study for trigeminal trophic syndrome (TTS) is discussed by Drs. Ellen H. de Moll, Sandra Wainwright, and Charles Halasz, MD.

    Please take advantage of authoring an article for WCHM where you will reach an audience of thousands of wound care and hyperbaric medicine practitioners. Submit your articles to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 561.776.6066, ext 4. We also invite you to join our elite group of WCHM advertisers to reach your target audience.

    Highlights in this Issue:

    IN MEMORIAM: James "Jim" T. Joiner

     

    HYPERBARIC MEDICINE:

    Baromedical Nurses Association Awards..................7

    By Laura Josefsen, RN, ACHRN

    Hyperbaric Medicine Practice, 4th Edition, Is Now Available.......................................................................9

    Clinic In Focus: The Center for Reconstruction and Wound Healing....11

    Clinic In Focus: Riverview Health Wound Care........................................15

     

    WOUND CARE: 

    Proactive Diabetic Foot Surgeries Part 5 in the Prevention of New and Recurrent Diabetic Foot Wounds series.......................................... 21

    By Lientra Q. Lu, Michael B. Strauss and Anna M. Tan

    Trigeminal Trophic Syndrome A case report of a factitial wound and how addressing etiology can promote healing................................39

    By Ellen H. de Moll, MD, Sandra Wainwright, MD, and Charles Halasz, MD

               
               

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Volume 7 - 2016

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    Highlights in this Issue:

    BILLING AND CODING: Providers: Are you Practicing Mismatching? Claims Paid Without Supporting Documentation
    By Gretchen Dixon, MBA, RN, CCS and Johanna Legaspi, MBA,CPC, CPMA
     
    HYPERBARIC MEDICINE: Clinic In Focus: Abbott Northwestern Hospital Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Clinic
     
    HYPERBARIC MEDICINE: The Benefits of a UHMS Membership
    By Enoch Huang
     
    WOUND CARE: Q & A Session with Jayesh B. Shah, MD, CWSP, UHM
    Topic: Off-loading Diabetic Foot Ulcers
    By Elias R. Cheleuitte, DPM, FACFAS
     
           
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    Highlights in this Issue:

    BILLING AND CODING: Puzzled Over Coding Diabetic Foot Ulcers?
    By Gretchen Dixon, MBA, RN, CCS and Johanna Legaspi, MBA,CPC, CPMA

    HYPERBARIC MEDICINE: The Pivotal Role of Oxygen in Pressure Injury Etiology and Prevention
    by Glenn Butler, CHT;  Jody C. DiGiacomo, MD, UHM, FACS;
    Edward Golembe, MD, UHM, FACCWS;
    Scott Gorenstein, MD, UHM, FACEP;
    Bok Lee, MD, FACS

    HYPERBARIC MEDICINE: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Journal Will Publish Special Issue on TBI Studies by Renee Duncan

    HYPERBARIC MEDICINE: Clinic in Focus: Catholic Health Advanced Wound Healing Centers

    DIVE MEDICINE: Villa on Dunbar Rock Funds Hyperbaric Chamber Installation in Guanja, Honduras

    WOUND CARE: Not All Swelling Is Equal: Differential Diagnosis of Edemas by Heather Hettrick PT, PhD, CWS, CLT, CLWT

    WOUND CARE: Prevention of New and Recurrent Foot Wounds. Part 1: Introduction and Misconceptions by Michael B. Strauss, Anna M. Tan, Lientra Q. Lu

    WOUND CARE: Atypical Wounds Q&A with Jayesh B. Shah, MD, CWSP, UHM

    WOUND CARE: Continuing Education in Wound Care: It’s A Big Deal by Terry Treadwell, MD, FACS

               
               
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    Highlights in this Issue:

    BILLING AND CODING: The Sky Is Blue, the Wind Blows as Air Heals

    By Gretchen Dixon, MBA, RN, CCS, CPCO, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer

    HYPERBARIC MEDICINE: Emergency and Critical Care Hyperbaric Medicine in the United States

    By Enoch Huang, MD

    HYPERBARIC MEDICINE: UHMS Members Verify Reliability of Wound Score Tool

    By Renée Duncan, UHMS Communications Coordinator

    HYPERBARIC MEDICINE: Baromedical Nurses Association: Then and Now

    By Laura Josefsen, RN, ACHRN (Founding Member), and Connie Hutson ACHRN, CHWS, CWCN, RN, MS (Past President)

    WOUND CARE: Prevention of New and Recurrent Foot Wounds, Part 2: Education

    By Michael B. Strauss, MD; Anna M. Tan, DPM; Lientra Q. Lu

    WOUND CARE: Understanding and Recognizing Lymphedema

    By Heather Hettrick PT, PhD, CWS, CLT-LANA, CLWT

    WOUND CARE: Q&A: Using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as an Advanced Wound-Care Modality

    By Jayesh B. Shah, MD, CWSP, UHM

               
               
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    Highlights in this Issue:

    BILLING AND CODING: UHMS and US Wound Registry Offers Free Medical Advice on Medicare Reimbursement

    by Renee Duncan, Communications Coordinator, UHMS

    HYPERBARIC MEDICINE:  Fracture Healing and Roles of Hyperbaric Medicine, Chapter excerpt from Hyperbaric Medicine Practice 4th Edition  by Dr. Harry Whelan et al.

    by Dr. Michael Strauss, M.D., Anna Tan.P, D.M., and Lientra Q. Lu, BS

    HYPERBARIC MEDICINE: Clinic in Focus: Mather Hospital Long Island, NY

    HYPERBARIC MEDICINE: UHMS Welcomes Brazilian Society for Hyperbaric Medicine as an Affiliate

    by Renee Duncan, Communications Coordinator, UHMS

    WOUND CARE:  Evaluation and Management of Foot Skin and Toenails

    by Lientra Q. Lu, BS, Dr. Michael Strauss, M.D., and Anna Tan, D.P.M.

    WOUND CARE:  Complications Associated with Lymphedema

    By Heather Hettrick PT, PhD, CWS, CLT-LANA, CLWT

    WOUND CARE: Q & A Session on Commonly Misdiagnosed Ulcers and Atypical Ulcers

    By Jayesh B. Shah, MD, CWSP, UHM

               
               

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Volume 6 - 2015

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    Highlights in this Issue:

    Billing and Coding: Wrangling Compliance and Documentation by Gretchen Dixon, MBA, CCS, CPCO

    Dive Medicine: Stresses in SCUBA and Breath-Hold Diving Part V: Near-drowning and Drowning by Michae B. Strauss, MD; Phi-Nga Jeannie Le, MD; and Stuart S. Miller, MD

    Hyperbaric Medicine: Sinus and Ear Disorders that Take Place During Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy by Emanuele Nasole, MD; Antonio Paoli, MD, BSc; Gerardo Bosco, MD, PhD; and Enric Camporesi, MD

    Clinic in Focus: How to Make Your Hyperbaric Medicine Practice Stand Out from the Pack Hyperbaric Safety: Clarity, The Importance of Patient Education by Darren Mazza, EMT, CHT

    Wound Care: Oxygen, Hyperbaric Oxygen, and Free Radicals: Wound Management Considerations by Michael B. Strauss, MD and Stuart S. Miller, MD

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    Highlights in this Issue:
    • Wound Care: FOXO1 Catcher: An Interview with Dr. Dana Graves on the Role of FOXO1 in Diabetic Patients
      • And listen to the bonus podcast recording of the interview!
    • Billing and Coding: ICD-10-CM Wound Care Review Part 1: Bolstering Your Documentation for the Four Most Common Wound Diagnoses in the Clinical Setting by Gretchen Dixon, MBA, CCS, CPCO
    • Wound Care: Keep Things Simple and. . . Speedy: A Dozen Paradigms About Toe Tenotomies by Michael B. Strauss, MD and Steven La, DPM
    • Hyperbaric Medicine: Ask the Experts: What is the Current Perspective Regarding Supervision of Hyperbaric Dives by Nurse Practitioners? From the Wound Care Education Partners blog, RX Pad
    • Clinic in Focus: Swedish Edmonds Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbarics
    • Hyperbaric Safety: Give Me a Break: Air Breaks During Hyperbaric Treatment by Darren Mazza, EMT, CHT
    • And so much more!
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    Highlights in this Issue:

    DIVE MEDICINE: Stresses in Scuba and Breath-Hold Diving: Part VI: Predive and Surface Problems of Divers
    By Dr. Joe Alcock, MD, MSCR, FAAEM; Dr. Satkirin Khalsa, MD; and Dr. Michael Strauss, MD, FACS, AAOS
     
    HYPERBARIC MEDICINE: Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment for Stroke Patients
    By Philip B. James, Emeritus Professor of Medicine
     
    WOUND CARE: Wound Geography and Tissue Types: Part 1
    By Heather Hettrick, PT, PhD, CWS, CLT, CLWT
     
    WOUND CARE: Experiences with Gentian Violet as a Wound Dressing Agent 
    By MB Strauss, CK Jones, SS Miller, and A Daniller
     
    CME: Which is more effective? Classroom or Online CME Courses?
     
    SAFETY: Development of a Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center
    By Rudy C. Pruneda
     
           
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    Highlights in this Issue:

    HYPERBARIC MEDICINE: Clinic In Focus: Edward Hospital Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center
     
    DIVE MEDICINE: Scuba Diving and Coronary Artery Disease
    By Douglas Ebersole, MD, FACC, FACP
     
    DIVE MEDICINE: Patent Foramen Ovale and Decompression Sickness
    By Douglas Ebersole, MD, FACC, FACP
     
    WOUND CARE: Wound Geography and Tissue Types: Part 2
    By Heather Hettrick, PT, PhD, CWS, CLT, CLWT
     
    SAFETY: Basic Training
    By Darren Mazza, EMT, CHT
     
           

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Volume 5 - 2014

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    Highlights in this Issue:
    • Diving Medicine: Have you read the best diving medicine article ever written? Now is your chance! Stresses in SCUBA and Breath-Hold Diving Part 1 by Dr. Michael Strauss, MD and Stuart S. Miller, MD
    • Facility Safety: Why is a Hyperbaric Facility Maintenance Program Necessary?
    • Hyperbaric Medicine: Ask the Experts: What is the Current Perspective Regarding Supervision of Hyperbaric Dives by Nurse Practitioners?
    • Hyperbaric Medicine: Ask the Experts: What is the Current Perspective Regarding Supervision of Hyperbaric Dives by Nurse Practitioners?
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    Highlights in this Issue:
    • Hyperbaric Medicine: Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss, the newest UHMS HBOT indication: An Introduction by Steven Piper, DO, FAAEM, UHM; Heather Murphy-Lavoi, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FUHM; and Tracy Leigh LeGros, MD, PhD, FACEP, FAAEM, FUHM
    • Diving Medicine: Part II of "Stresses in SCUBA and Breath-Hold Diving by Drs. Strauss and Miller
    • Bonus content provided by The Underwater Marketing Company on The Rebreather Forum 3 Workshop Proceedings
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    Highlights in this Issue:
    • We are pleased to welcome our newest contributors: Drs. Worth, Zanon, Bosco, and Camporesi, who have contributed heartily to our hyperbaric section in this issue. Read their article on Hyperbaric Chamber: Considerations about Panic in Extraordinary Environments
    • We are also welcoming back Dr. David Charash, Medical Director of Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, CT, who submitted an exciting article on his epic dive to visit Fabian Cousteau in the Aquarius habitat.
    • Dr. Michael Strauss et al. continue their article series on diving stresses, addressing psychological factors that contribute to panic.
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    Highlights in this Issue:
    • We continue the important discussion about diabetes and wound care in this issue of WCHM. We welcome Dr. Ryan Fitzgerald, who has submitted a case study on limb salvage and the interdisciplinary diabetic assessment rapid response treatment team. Darren Mazza looks at the safety implications surrounding diabetic patients undergoing hyperbaric treatments, and Gretchen Dixon authored a patient education piece that outlines ways in which individuals can make healthy life choices that will offset the risk of diabetes development.
    • We also welcome Dr. Keith Van Meter, who has submitted an article outlining the use of hyperbaric therapy for the approved indication of severe anemia. 
    • Dr. Strauss et al. continue with their assessment of diving stresses in Part IV of this series, which focuses on the “no panic” syndromes.
    • Also included is this issue is a new section titled Clinic In Focus. This issue features the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Springhill Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama.

 

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What is WCHM Magazine? It is a free, online publication, now in its sixth year. WCHM is the only magazine to cover all topics under pressure: wound care, diving, and hyperbaric medicine. WCHM started as a paid subscription, print publication. As our online audience grew over the years, we now offer the magazine exclusively online. Thanks to our group of amazing sponsors (listed below), we are now able to offer this publication free to all wound care and hyperbaric medicine practitioners!

Editorial Content of the magazine includes articles on wound care, hyperbaric medicine, facility safety, quality control, billing and coding, legal issues, continuing medical education (CME). The magazine is published quarterly.

The Mission of the magazine is to be a fair, objective, nonpartisan, international publications dedicated to reporting and commenting on the current state of knowledge and advances in the science and technology encompassing wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. We report on currently accepted and emerging clinical applications as well as the associated economic, social, and political issues and events that influence the adminustration, growth and development of our field.

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