Introduction to Hyperbaric Medicine Course for Health Care Professionals




October 23-27, 2017
May 7-11, 2018
November 5-9, 2018

This course is 5 days, 8 hours per day - a total of 40 hours


This program is designated by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society as an approved Introductory Course in Hyperbaric Medicine. This course is also recognized by the National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Technology (NBDHMT) as an approved Hyperbaric Medicine Training Course.


For more information about becoming a Certified Hyperbaric Tecnologist and Training please go to

The National Board Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology


Goals and Objectives

This 5-day, 40 hour Introductory Course in Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care uses both didactic and practical chamber-side teaching formats to introduce and educate physicians, nurses, technicians, and other allied health care professionals in the theory, principles and practices of hyperbaric medicine and wound care. The course provides the participant with the foundations needed to practice hyperbaric medicine and wound care.

This program is designated by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society as an approved Introductory Course in Hyperbaric Medicine. This course is also recognized by the National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Technology (NBDHMT) as an approved Hyperbaric Medicine Training Course.

At the completion of this course, participants should be able to discuss the scientific and medical rationales governing the use of hyperbaric oxygen in the treatment of various medical conditions. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) and MemorialCare, Long Beach Medical Center. The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 40 AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The California Board of Registered Nursing recognizes Category I courses approved for credit by the American Medical Association toward meeting the continuing education requirements for license renewal.

However, this course is not accredited by American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or any other state or federal nursing authority. Nurses are responsible for confirming with their State’s Board of Nursing that this course may be accepted to fulfill their CE requirements. Nursing Licensing Boards accept only those CE activities which meet their requirements. UHMS and MemorialCare, Long Beach Medical Center cannot determine if credit earned are relevant to each licensee, therefore we cannot guarantee acceptance of all credits for all licensees.



Stuart Miller, MD - Course Director
Michael Strauss, MD                                 Valerie Messina, RN             
Garrett Wirth, MD                                      
Patricia Chase, RN
Eknath Deo, MD                                        Dayle Freeman, RN
Igor Persidsky, MD                                    Louie Rivera, RN
Khiet Hoang, MD                                       JoAmar Smith, RN
Payam Tehrani, MD                                  Joe Chao, RN

Steven Appleby, MD                                 Cythia Mazon, RD

All faculty members and planners participating in continuing medical education activities sponsored by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and Long Beach are expected to disclose to the participants any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Full disclosure of faculty and planner relevant financial relationships will be made at the activity.


 Historical Considerations

  • Historical perspective of hyperbaric medicine
  • Evolution of UHMS guidelines for using hyperbaric oxygen
  • Other standards and guidelines

 Physics of Hyperbaric Exposure

  • Physical laws applicable to barotrauma and hyperoxygenation
  • Mechanisms of hyperbaric oxygen
  • Oxygen physiology, pharmacology and biochemistry

 Air Decompression Procedures

  • Decompression theory
  • Air Decompression tables

  UHMS Accepted Indications: Their Scientific Basis and Treatment Protocols

  • Decompression sickness
  • Air or gas embolism
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation
  • Gas gangrene (Clostridial myonecrosis)
  • Crush injury, compartment syndrome, and other acute traumatic ischemias
  • Enhancement of healing in selected problem wounds
  • Exceptional blood loss (anemia)
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections
  • Osteomyelitis, refractory
  • Radiation tissue damage
  • Skin grafts and flaps (compromised)
  • Thermal burns
  • Intra-cranial abscess
  • Other uses of hyperbaric oxygen

 Side Effects and Contraindications

  • Oxygen toxicity
  • Other risk factors
  • Contraindications
  • Management of complications

 Patient Assessment and Management

  • Tissue oxygen assessment
  • Patient evaluation and selection for hyperbaric oxygen treatment
  • Plan of treatment (assessment of treatment and endpoints)
  • Wound care
  • Care of patients with diabetes during hyperbaric oxygen
  • Management of the critical care patient during hyperbaric oxygen
  • Infection control
  • Documentation (e.g., record keeping, medical photography)
  • Quality assurance

 Hyperbaric Chamber Systems

  • Operating procedures
  • Breathing gas systems
  • Ancillary support equipment
  • Environmental systems and their operations

 Hyperbaric Safety and Emergency Procedures

  • Safety codes and standards
  • Operational, electrical and fire safety
  • Emergency procedures

 Administrative/ Management Issues

  • Reimbursement information
  • Management responsibilities
  • Professional societies and resources

 Clinical and Technical Practicum Practical experience and observations in:

  • Patient assessment and management
  • Hyperbaric chamber operations
  • Ancillary hyperbaric equipment


  • Final examination
  • Course critique

Classes are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
A daily continental breakfast and afternoon snack is provided. You will be given a one hour break for lunch.

Space is this course is subject to availability, there is limited space available. Your space is not guaranteed until a completed course application is reviewed, approved and payment in full is received and a confirmation of registration received.

The information provided at this CME activity is for Continuing Medical Education purposes only.  The lecture content, statements or opinions expressed however, do not necessarily represent those of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), its affiliates or its employees.

Please note, that we do not make travel/hotel arrangements for the class participants.

Below is a link to area hotels nearby MemorialCare, Long Beach Medical Center to assist you in your securing a hotel room

Hotels nearby MemorialCare, Long Beach Medical Center




All applications will be reviewed by the Course Director. The Course Director and planning committee for the Introduction to Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Course at MemorialCare, Long Beach Medical Center reserves the right to choose applicants whom it is felt would benefit most from this course.

Fax to: 562-933-6060
or mail application and course fee to:
                                           MemorialCare, Long Beach Medical Center
                                           Department of Hyperbaric Medicine
                                           2801 Atlantic Ave

                                           Long Beach, CA 90806
Attention: Introduction to Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Course

Make checks payable to:                                    

                                              Long Beach Memorial

Payment may be made by credit card:

CC# _________________________________________ CCV #____________

Exp. date:__________________


Payment in full is due at time of submission of application/acceptance of applicant. Your space in the course is not guaranteed/confirmed until full payment is received and a confirmation letter of your registration is forwarded to you.

Do you have additional questions? 


please contact the hyperbaric medicine department secretary for administrative questions:

Charmaine     email:

or call:
Phone:  562-933-6950
Fax:       562-933-6060


Course Fee:                          Received >2 weeks         Received less than 2 weeks
                                                prior to course date:          prior to course date:

❏                                                  $950.00                           $1050.00     

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Receipt of a Course Certificate of Completion will be provided at the completion of the entire 40 hours of training.

Your attendance is expected throughout the entire week
The last lecture on the final day is expected to end at 5:00PM

Please take this into account when arranging your departure flights. Course attendees who leave prior to the completion of the course or miss portions of the course are not eligible to receive a course certificate of completion, however will receive credit for the hours of attendance.

Cancelation Policy:
If you need to cancel your registration for the Introduction to Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Course, refunds will be made as follows:
-Cancelations received greater than 21 days prior to the course will receive a full refund, minus a $100.00 processing fee.
-Cancelations received 7 days to 21 days prior to the course will receive a 50% refund.
-No refunds will be given for cancelations made within 7 days of the course date.
A “no-show” or partial attendance of the course is not eligible for a refund.
Fax cancelations to Department of Hyperbaric Medicine (562)933-6060
*Make sure your name, course date and current date are on your cancelation request.
 Cancelations made by phone will not be accepted.