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December 28, 2007


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Ex-Roanoke man disappears scuba diving
Peoria Journal Star - Peoria,IL,USA

The Importance of Hyperbaric Chambers
WBAY - Green Bay,WI,USA
But, if the patient makes it to the hospital in time the bloodstream is bombarded with oxygen, and the hyperbaric chamber saves another life.

Diver missing after Motiti incident
MyTown Bay of Plenty - Bay of Plenty,New Zealand
In December 2005 two marine studies students suffered the bends - decompression illness - after both running out of air at a depth of 38m during a diving

Queenscliff diver suffers bends
Geelong Advertiser - Geelong,Victoria,Australia
The man was diving off the Queenscliff coast when he developed symptoms of the bends, commonly known as decompression sickness, about 4.15pm.

Another scuba diver dies in Bay of Plenty
CDNN - New Zealand
The fatal scuba diving accident occured at Cape Runaway in the eastern Bay of Plenty where the victim had been diving with family and friends.

New Zealand government issues warning after scuba diving fatalities
CDNN - New Zealand
General Manager Matt Claridge said divers must be sure to properly maintain scuba diving equipment including regulators, always dive with a buddy and become

Another day, another dead Florida scuba tourist
CDNN - New Zealand
In September 2006, CDNN reported about another scuba diving accident at Atlantis Dive Center. That accident involved staff diver Dave Marcel who nearly lost

Wound Center strives to save damaged limbs - Hackensack,NJ,USA
Doctors use the latest treatments including artificial skin grafts, which are healed in oxygen-rich hyperbaric chambers. During Urbanowski’s long hospital


December 18, 2007


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To all–
Yes, it’s time to begin thinking about another Medical Assessment to Fitness to Dive course.  Those who attended the course three years ago (or more) can renew their certification as an “Approved Medical Examiner of Divers” (AMED) and those who have not attended the course can be so certified by the UHMS for three years beginning with the conclusion of the course.  Moreover, we now have been approved by four agencies in Europe: DMAC, EDTC, ECB, and ECHM.  These European agencies will likewise certify you as an AMED for their Level 1 examiner. 
Our next course is set for Tuesday, April 29 through May 2, 2008 at the Westin New Orleans at Canal Place hotel.  We deliberately scheduled this course to not include a weekend so that attendees could attend the world renowned “New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival that will we held on consecutive weekends on either side of our course. 
While this course is taught by physicians for physicians, we have invited both Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners, whose practice includes giving diving physical examinations, to attend the course.  Also, because this course will be conducted near the Gulf Coast, we have asked the Association of Diving Contractors (ADC) to inform the top management of their member diving companies that they will be welcome to attend.  We made this latter decision because of the recent increase in diver deaths in the Gulf.  Top level diving company managers attending our course will give them some thoughts as to why divers die and/or get injured while performing their jobs, legal ramifications of diver deaths and injuries, and available medical response to diver injuries and deaths.
All attendees must make their own lodging arrangements.  We have blocked rooms at the Westin at a reduced rate.  To make reservations there, telephone 504-566-7006 and mention “UHMS Fitness To Dive” to receive the reduced rate of $189 for a deluxe room or $214 for a river view room.  Also, a reduced rate of $229 (single or double) will be available for our course attendees for those who want to arrive the weekend before our course or stay on through the weekend following our course to attend the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.  The cut-off date for these rates is Monday, March 31, 2008.
For your personal planning purposes, we are pleased to tell you that we are taking our course back to Europe in October, 2008.  We will be in Athens, Greece on Tuesday, October 14 through Friday, October 17, 2008.  As yet, we do not contracted for a venue, but we have people in Europe working with us on this.  We will let you know when a venue is located and under contract so those of you who want to attend can make your lodging arrangements.  As we have done in our April course in New Orleans, we have deliberately left the weekends on either side of the Athens course open for those who would like to include these days for sightseeing.
One of our most recent physician attendees said of the course, “This is a course every physician should attend.”  Another recent attendee said, “After 30 years in the field I am enlightened.”   Surely this is a course you should not pass up.  Our Education Committee has approved the course for 36 CME credit hours for physician attendees. 
I have attached a registration form that you can fill out and fax to Lisa Tidd at the UHMS home office.  You can also visit the UHMS website (old one) and register on-line.   Hope to see several of you in both New Orleans and in Athens, Greece.
Don Chandler

December 15, 2007

Google News Alerts for: hyperbaric oxygen treatment

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Google News Alert for: hyperbaric oxygen treatment

Keeping the air clear
Estes Park Trail Gazette - Estes Park,CO,USA
This is the most common type of oxygen therapy. • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy. For this treatment, the victim lies in a full-body chamber that delivers oxygen
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Complaints hit doctor’s treatments for cancer
Biloxi Sun Herald - MS, USA
Buttar’s practice also has two hyperbaric oxygen chambers - and more on the way. The treatment, which floods the body with oxygen, is commonly used to
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Trooper Raises Money For Semi-Comatosed Woman’s Treatment - Miami,FL,USA
from the Ocean Neurology Center gave family members hope that she could possibly walk and even talk with treatment from a hyperbaric oxygen facility.
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December 14, 2007

Hyperbaric Safety Director Course

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Hyperbaric Safety Director Course

January 7-9, March 3-5, May 5-7, November 3-5, 2008

Two Post Courses are offered with each course date: PVHO Acrylic Inspection and Fire Safety.

All courses are conducted in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Get Registered Today:


Course Description:  The Hyperbaric Facility Safety Director Course is designed to meet the National Fire Protection Association 99, Healthcare Facilities, Chapter 20 Hyperbaric Facilities recommendations for the appointment of the Safety Director. This technically oriented course examines every aspect of hyperbaric facility safety and Hyperbaric Risk Management. Certification and appointment of the Safety Director is the responsibility of the facility. Successful completion of this course does not constitute certification in hyperbaric medicine safety.




The primary objective of this course is to prepare the student for the role of Safety Director. Upon successful completion of this course, the student should gain the knowledge necessary to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the Hyperbaric Facility Safety Director.


Who Should Attend


Certified Hyperbaric Technologists, Technicians, CHRNs, nurses, respiratory therapists, physicians and facility department managers who desire the role of Hyperbaric Facility Safety Director (as defined by NFPA99, Chapter 20) or those who desire specific training in hyperbaric safety.




Due to the technical nature of this training, it is recommended that students attending this course have a strong hyperbaric background.


OxyHeal University



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Hyperbaric Training for Healthcare Professionals

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Hyperbaric Training for Healthcare Professionals

February 18-22, April 21-25, June 23-28, August 18-22, October 20-24, 2008.

All courses are conducted at Kindred Hospital Las Vegas, 5110 West Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, Nevada.

Get Registered Today:

Course Description: The Hyperbaric Training for Healthcare Professionals Course is designed to meet the requirements of an UHMS Designated Introductory Course in Hyperbaric Medicine and will introduce to physicians, registered nurses, technicians and other allied health care providers the clinical indications, documentation and operational requirements of a Clinical Hyperbaric Medicine Facility.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) and Oxyheal University. The UHMS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education

for physicians.

The UHMS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 41 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

NBDHMT 41 Category A Credits.


The primary objective of this course is to convey to the student the history of diving and hyperbaric medicine, principles of physics, physiology, pathophysiology and medical aspects of compressing patients and attendants within a hyperbaric environment.

Who Should Attend

Physicians, nurses, chamber operators, emergency medical personnel, respiratory therapists and allied health care personnel.


None. It is strongly recommended that students attending this course have a basic understanding of medical terminology.

OxyHeal University


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December 11, 2007

Claes Lundgren named Distinguished SUNY Professor

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Claes Lundgren named Distinguished SUNY Professor

“SUNY faculty who receive appointment to the distinguished ranks provide a glimpse of the broad service contributions and the career achievements being made on our campuses across New York State” said Interim SUNY Chancellor John B. Clark. “Each of these individuals has met and exceeded the requirements for this honor and I commend the Board of Trustees for recognizing their talent and service by approving their appointments to distinguished ranks.”

Claes E. Lundgren of Amherst is one of the world’s most renowned specialists in respiratory physiology in specialized environments. His research has advanced the understanding of respiratory mechanics related to breath-hold diving, breathing with diving equipment and the design and development of improved underwater breathing equipment.

Lundgren, who earned his M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Lund School of Medicine in Sweden, came to UB in 1974 as a visiting associate professor. He joined the physiology department in a more permanent capacity in 1976 and was named a full professor in 1978.

He founded UB’s Center for Research and Education in Special Environments in 1985, and served as director until January 2007, when he relinquished the position to concentrate on his research. He remains involved in the center as associate director.

An award-winning and prolific inventor, he holds or is a co-inventor on more than 100 patents and pioneered with other researchers in Sweden the development of Nicorette gum, used to help smokers kick the habit.

Lundgren is the recipient of numerous awards, among them a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, an Outstanding Inventor Award from the SUNY Research Foundation, the UB Exceptional Scholar Award for Sustained Achievement and the Albert Behnke Jr. Award for research on diving physiology from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.

December 6, 2007

Hyperbaric Safety Director Training Course

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Hyperbaric Safety Director Training Course
January 23-26, 2008 (Hotel block open through 1/8/2008)
June 4-7, 2008
October 1-4, 2008
(1/2-Day Post Course offered with each course date: Inspection, Maintenance, & Documentation of Hyperbaric Chamber Acrylics)
Course Description
The Hyperbaric Safety Director Training Course is conducted in San Antonio, Texas.  This program is designed to provide necessary tools and resources to fulfill the responsibilities of the hyperbaric safety director (as defined by NFPA 99).  The curriculum includes classroom instruction and practical exercises.  Completion of this course does not constitute certification or credentialing in hyperbaric medicine.
Upon completion of the course participants should understand the tools necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of a hyperbaric safety director.
Who Should Attend
Hyperbaric technologists, respiratory therapists, nurses, physicians, and department managers who desire specific training to fulfill the requirements of hyperbaric safety director (as defined by NFPA 99).
Participants should have completed an introductory course in hyperbaric medicine.
International ATMO, Inc.

December 5, 2007

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