Introductory through Advanced Diving / Hyperbaric Medical Team Training Programs with Chamber Operations
Clinical Hyperbaric Technician Training and Certification
When the use of hyperbaric oxygen first came to the United States from Europe in the early 1960s, little was known about the use of oxygen for treating acute or refractory medical problems; treating a lack of oxygen in bodily cells and tissues (ischemia); or the treatment of divers using the Naval concept of isobaric counter diffusion. In the early 1960s the United States Department of Education (DOE) provided a grant to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to train and educate physicians and medical technicians in the use of hyperbaric oxygen to treat divers and medical patients in multi-place and mon-place hyperbaric facilities. By the early 1970s, the United States Air Force was directed to study hyperbarics for military medical purposes. This field of medicine began to grow rapidly in hospitals and free-standing clinics to treat both approved and non-approved (aka non-reimbursable) medical conditions.
As the field evolved, many acronyms for the people working with hyperbaric chambers were created – CHT (clinical hyperbaric technologist), DMT (diver medical technician), DMO (diving medical officer), DMP (diving medical physician) – and it became apparent that these personnel should receive training relevant to their new roles. Training and certification programs were developed to teach these individuals how to work with physicians to perform medical screenings of patients to determine suitability for hyperbaric treatment; determine the proper hyperbaric treatment environment (multi-place or mono-place chamber) based on their condition (acute, chronic, or ambulatory); proper preparation of a patient entering and leaving the oxygen enriched environment (especially in mono-place and hood systems); assisting the physician with wound care; and the various aspects of facility safety. Clinical hyperbaric technologists and facility directors help ensure that all other department personnel are properly trained in these aspects as well.
This course will qualify participants for certification as a Clinical Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT), Facility Director, or Diver Medical Technician (DMT) once all other requisites and certification testing are completed; as well as providing 40 hours of CEUs.