July 2009 Newsletter

ACHM Association Updates

Conferences & CME Opportunities

Next ACHM MD Certification Exam Date Announced

Post a Job Opportunity on Our Website

Post Your Resume/CV on Our Website

New Monthly Practice Update Now Available

NEW! – The Clinical Connection


Industry Insights

Introducing Dermagraft®

Sechrist Industries Introduces Ground-Check System to Verify NFPA Ground Requirements in Hyperbaric Chambers

Member Question of the Month



Conferences & CME Opportunities Available

The ACHM is proud to announce its endorsement of several conferences and meetings. ACHM members may be eligible to receive discounted registration:


1.       Clinical Symposium on Advances in Skin and Wound Care: The Conference for Prevention and Healing

October 21 – 25, 2009

Grand Hyatt San Antonio and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

San Antonio, Texas

Visit our website for more information.


2.       MARK YOUR CALENDAR – Asian Hyperbaric & Diving Medical Association – 5th Annual Meeting: Goa, India

September 25 – 27, 2009

The Bogmallo Beach Resort (www.bogmallobeachresort.com)

Goa, India

For more information, visit our website.

3.       WebCME: Providing Online Educational Courses in Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care

WebCME offers the only online, fully accredited, 40-hour introductory HBO course. Visit

                www.WebCME.net or call Kelley Mewissen at (414) 385-2384 for more information.


Next ACHM MD Certification Exam Date Announced
The ACHM will administer the Hyperbaric Certification Exam in conjunction with the Clinical Symposium on Advances in Skin & Wound Care, October 21 – 25, 2009, in San Antonio, TX. The exam will take place on Sunday, October 25. Visit our website for additional information or to download the application.

Post a Job Opportunity on Our Website


We understand that recruitment in the hyperbaric industry can be difficult. So we’ve created a classified section on our website. Sign up for our Corporate Membership for an annual fee of $500, and receive a 90 day listing in the classified section of our website. Our website receives over 2,000 hits per month, so your listing will be seen by hyperbaric and wound care practitioners throughout the country. We will also include your listing in at least one email blast to over 2,300 contacts. For more information about our corporate membership, click here.


*If you do not wish to sign up for membership at this time, you may purchase a 30-day listing on our site for $250. This does not include a listing in an email blast.

Post Your Resume/CV on Our Website

Are you relocating? Or just looking for a change? Members of the ACHM may post their resume/CV on our website FREE for 90 days. For more information about this service, please visit our website –https://www.achm.org/index.php/General/General/Jobs.html.

Or send your resume/CV to admin@achm.org.


New Monthly Practice Update Now Available

Working Behind the Scenes to Improve the Practice of Wound Care

Featuring Marcia Nusgart, R.Ph. – Executive Director, Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders


We have posted the next session of our new educational video series – the Monthly Practice Update. Each month we will feature a different guest who will speak to a specific issue facing hyperbaric practice. This series is broadcast on our website, and is free for ACHM members.  Click here to view the trailer from our first segment.



Vashe Wound Therapy

Featuring – David Zansitis, Puricore

A unique group of specialists from Hyperbaric Medicine, Wound Care, Podiatry, Plastic Surgery and Endovascular Medicine provide information on state-of-the-art advances in Wound Care. These updates are sponsored by various companies with the intent of providing hyperbaric and wound care specialists with updates on the latest advanced modalities, technologies and treatments. This series will be broadcast on our website, and is free for ACHM members. Click here to view the first installment of The Clinical Connection.



Introducing Dermagraft®

If a diabetic foot ulcer is not healing, decide to make Dermagraft part of your standard of care.

Dermagraft® is a cryopreserved human fibroblast-derived dermal substitute that is indicated for use in the treatment of chronic full-thickness diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs).  It is composed of fibroblasts, extracellular matrix, and a bioabsorbable scaffold, and stimulates wound healing by allowing your patient’s own epithelial cells to migrate and close the wound.*

While hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can be an effective treatment for DFUs, when used in conjunction with advanced wound care treatments, such as Dermagraft, HBOT may be even more successful at closing the wound in a shorter period of time. This is due to the fact that the tissues around the ulcer are exposed to increased oxygen and enhanced vascular healing, which further augments the efforts made by Dermagraft in the wound bed.

Dermagraft should be used in conjunction with standard wound care regimens and in patients who have adequate blood supply to the involved foot. For more information about Dermagraft, please visit: www.dermagraft.com


* Hanft JR, Surprenant MS. Healing of chronic foot ulcers in diabetic patients treated with a human fibroblast-derived dermis. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2002;41(5):291-299.


Sechrist Industries Introduces Ground-Check System to Verify NFPA Ground Requirements in Hyperbaric Chambers

As you may be aware, hospitals and clinics offering hyperbaric medicine have for some time had to pull together ad-hoc solutions for required patient and chamber ground checking. Now, Sechrist is introducing the industry’s first complete ground-check solution to be fully integrated with the hyperbaric chamber, enhancing safety for both patients and practitioners (see release below). The new Ground-Check System tests the ground integrity of the complete patient grounding pathway (ground stud, chamber and patient) to meet NFPA 77, providing a higher level of confidence and assurance in the facility’s safety checks. Click here to read the full press release.



Member Question of the Month

Q:  A hospital is trying to open a new wound care/HBO program. They are ready to go and have been informed that they failed to submit a Certificate of Need (CON) and cannot open until they have it approved.


A:  A Certificate of Need (CON) basically comes from the state and is a stop gap designed to prevent oversaturation of any type of medical facility in any given area. Depending on where this facility is located, it may be mandated for the area.

1.     A CON program is a regulatory process that requires certain health care providers to obtain state approval before offering certain new or expanded services. For example, a certificate of need would be required if a hospital wishes to establish a comprehensive medical rehabilitation program.

2.     The CON process is intended to help ensure that new services proposed by health care providers are needed for quality patient care within a particular region or community.

3.     The program prevents unnecessary duplication of services by selecting the best proposal among competing applicants who wish to provide a particular health service. CON in Florida regulates hospice, skilled nursing, intermediate care for the developmentally disabled, the development of new hospitals and certain hospital services. It does not regulate outpatient services, home health services or the purchase of major medical equipment.

When CON Notification or Review is Required

Health providers requiring a certificate of need for certain types of projects include:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Hospices
  • Intermediate Care Facilities for the Developmentally Disabled

CON review covers not only new facility construction but also initiation of specialized hospital services, certain bed conversions, increases in the number of inpatient beds at hospitals and nursing homes, transfers of CONs, and a variety of other projects.

Generally, nothing from the CON office is required for:

  • The establishment of an Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • The establishment of outpatient adult diagnostic cardiac catheterization services
  • Renovations to existing health care facilities that do not involve the addition of beds or services
  • The replacement of a rural hospital under very specific conditions                                         Note: In all cases listed above, the Division’sHospital and Outpatient Unit and Office of Plans and Construction should be contacted regarding licensure requirements.
  • The establishment of an Assisted Living Facility
    Note: The Division’s Assisted Living Unit and Office of Plans and Construction should be contacted regarding licensure requirements.



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