The American Board of Wound Healing (ABWH) serves to maintain and improve the quality of wound management by evaluating professional, clinical and educational standards of practice by using an examination process which is designed to assess the medical knowledge, judgment, professionalism and clinical skills required to provide quality patient care in the fields of Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. The intent of the initial certification and the maintenance of certification of wound management specialists in the United States and internationally is to provide assurance to the public that a clinician who has been granted a Certificate of Added Qualification has demonstrated high levels of clinical competence.
All certification exams offered by the ABWH are recognized and endorsed by the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine and the American Professional Wound Care Association.
Physician Certification in Hyperbaric Medicine
. For physicians who do not qualify for the ABPM or ABEM Hyperbaric Board Exam, the ABWH examination process is an excellent and recommended pathway for certification. The prerequisites for sitting for the ABWH Physician Certification in Hyperbaric Medicine are nearly identical to the prerequisites now demanded by the ABPM and the ABEM during the “grandfathered” practice track period. Applicants must be an ethical hyperbaric practitioner and a member of the ACHM, provide documentation of several criteria including completion of a 40-hour course in Clinical Hyperbaric Medicine approved as a core curriculum by the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, the US Department of Defense, or the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, or have completed a one year approved fellowship in Clinical Hyperbaric Medicine. He or she must also submit documentation of supervision of at least 300 hyperbaric treatments.
Physician Certification in Wound Care
The exam was written and validated by physicians, and created in response to requests from hospital credentialing committees for a certification process resulting in verification of clinical competency in wound care. Certification in the specialty of wound care is the clinician’s professional mark of achievement, and more importantly a seal of quality care for the public and patients. As a physician specific examination, the ABWH believes this exam will serve as the foundation for specialty recognition.
Certified Hyperbaric and Wound Specialist (CHWS)
The majority of hyperbaric medicine programs are conducted in conjunction with a wound care clinic and it is estimated that greater than 90% of all hyperbaric treatments are provided as therapy for the adjunctive management of ulcers, wounds and soft tissue injury.
The hyperbaric technician is no longer only relegated to operating the chamber, but as an important member of the wound care team, hyperbaric technologists are often asked to assist in the direct wound care for these patients in addition to performing their primary role as chamber operators.
The ABWH Certified Hyperbaric & Wound Care Specialist Examination is endorsed by the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine and the American Professional Wound Care Association. Successful completion of the examination process allows the special recognition and distinction as a Certified Hyperbaric & Wound Care Specialist, and use of the designation CHWS.