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By Thomas Serena MD, Helen Gelly MD, Greg Bohn MD, Jeffrey Niezgoda MD

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The rise in specialized wound and hyperbaric centers across the United States has resulted in an increased need for physicians to oversee Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. However, there are no published national standards or recommendations for credentialing physicians for this service. The American College of Hyperbaric Medicine (ACHM) has drafted this document to guide hospital credentialing committees in this process. It represents the consensus opinion of leaders in the field of hyperbaric medicine in the United States. It is important to note that although this document applies to both hospital-based and non-hospital affiliated centers, they have separate requirements.

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By Christine Shettel, RN, BSN, WCC, DAPWCA, PWRC

Hyperbaric medicine has been used in wound care for over 50 years. As wound care professionals, we are saving patient’s lives, and preserving limbs utilizing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO). As health care professionals we understand the indications and benefits of HBO therapy, however, it’s important to follow clinical pathways and your local coverage determinations to ensure that we are placing the clinically appropriate patients in the chambers. It’s also important to understand what clinical documentation is required in order to qualify your patients for treatments to achieve optimal outcomes.

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By Angela Kujath, Executive Director of the ACHM

Most of us can remember a time when we’ve felt extreme anxiety about taking an exam. This anxiety was accentuated if we felt inadequately prepared. In my role as Executive Director of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine (ACHM), I have often been asked questions about exam preparation for hyperbaric certification. The ACHM has offered a hyperbaric certification exam since the late 90s, but participants simply studied their textbooks and relied on past experience to ready themselves for the exam. I can tell you that this led to many conversations with frustrated and anxious individuals who felt that studying a textbook that they had read as many as 10 years ago was simply not enough to help them feel prepared. This was even more worrisome for the physicians who hadn’t practiced hyperbaric medicine in several years, or for those actively practicing HBO but maybe only doing so part time.

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