May 2009 Newsletter

ACHM Association Updates

Conferences & CME Opportunities
Summary of Annual Membership Meeting & Reception
Next ACHM MD Certification Exam Date Announced
Online CME – WORK SMART: Simple Steps To Improve Patient Care
Post a Job Opportunity on Our Website
New Monthly Practice Update Now Available
Board of Director Meeting Summary

Industry Insights
New Edition of “The Most Comprehensive Reference Text” for HBO
The ECHM Collection – Complete set available at a REDUCED PRICE!
Member Question of the Month



Conferences & CME Opportunities Available (Discounted Registration for ACHM Members)
The ACHM is proud to announce its endorsement of several conferences and meetings. ACHM members will receive a discounted registration fee for each of the following:

Advancing Wound Healing for Hospitals and Freestanding Clinics: How to Deploy the Most Cost Effective & the Latest Therapies for Maximum Reimbursement
June 30 – July 1, 2009
Hilton Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile
Chicago, IL
Together with The American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, World Research Group presents the 2009 Advancing Wound Healing in Hospitals and Freestanding Clinics Conference. This premier event focuses on the business side of creating and running a profitable wound healing center by utilizing the latest technologies, therapeutic techniques and marketing strategies.  For more information, visit our website.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR – Asian Hyperbaric & Diving Medical Association – 5th Annual Meeting: Goa,India September 25 – 27, 2009The Bogmallo Beach Resort (, India

For more information, visit our website.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR – 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  The ACHM will be co-sponsoring this annual event. Visit our website for more information.

Annual Membership Meeting & Reception
The ACHM 2009 National Clinical Symposium & Annual Membership Meeting was held on Saturday, April 4, following the Critical Limb Ischemia Course at the APWCA conference in Philadelphia, PA. The meeting was well attended and allowed members an opportunity to present new ideas, ask questions, network with other members and meet the current Board of Directors. It was a wonderful success. A special thank you to our sponsors,OxyHeal Health Group and Sechrist, Inc., for their donation toward our membership reception. Visit our website for photos of the event and video interviews with industry leaders!

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.
NEW! WORK SMART: Simple Steps to Improve Patient Care

Working smarter in the face of rising costs.
The American College of Hyperbaric Medicine presents this vital information which explores the many operational issues that face hyperbaric and wound care practice. This video series points out the necessary elements in managing your practice for efficiency while maintaining the highest level of patient care. From billing and coding to strategic planning and staff management, each session is filled with valuable information for physicians, mid-level practitioners and administrative professionals dedicated to hyperbaric medicine and wound care. 5.75 CME credits are provided. Via partnership with WebCME, the ACHM has been able to make this educational offering available to our members at a significant 20% discount. ACHM cost $79.95 (non members $99.95). This translates to less than $15 per hour of CME. Please visit our website to view the trailer and purchase the course.

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. Contact us for more information.

New Job Posting – MOBILE HYPERBARIC CENTERS   Center Directorship OpportunitiesMobile Hyperbaric Centers is currently seeking an excellent physician candidate to assume a robust program in Troy, NY. Visit the job postings section of our website for more information.

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 segment 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 will be broadcast on our website, and is free for ACHM members.  Click here to view the trailer from our first segment.

Board of Directors Meeting
The ACHM Board of Directors held their bi-annual meeting on Friday, April 3, 2009, in conjunction with the Annual Meeting and APWCA Clinical Conference. The highlights of this discussion were the formation of a research division, increasing certification exam offerings and more conference opportunities for members.


NOW RELEASED – New edition of “the most comprehensive reference text” for HBO
The 5th, fully updated, and expanded edition of the Textbook of Hyperbaric Medicine by K.K. Jain has just been released. This textbook has become widely recognized as the best exposition available on the topic of hyperbaric medicine and the wide range of applications of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO). The previous edition of the text was reviewed as “the most comprehensive reference text of hyperbaric oxygen therapy” (P. Moore in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Vol. 34), “by far the most comprehensive textbook available on the topic of hyperbaric medicine and its clinical applications… I would recommend this textbook to anyone studying HBO” (John W. Calvert and John H. Zang in Journal of Neurosurgery, Vol. 102), and “a ‘must-read’ in the armamentarium of providers of hyperbaric medicine” (Thomas M. Little in Military Medicine, Vol. 169) In addition to explaining the basic principles of HBO therapy, and its application in carbon monoxide poisoning and decompression sickness, the textbook looks objectively and critically at its use in numerous other areas, such as stroke, neurological disorders, traumatology and wound healing, infectious diseases, rehabilitation and sports medicine, plastic surgery, emergency medicine, ophthalmology, obstetrics, pediatrics, organ transplantation, and as an adjunct to the treatment cancer. With over 2,000 up-to-date references and an extensive index, the volume is not just a textbook suitable for those seeking an introduction to this expanding field but also an invaluable resource for specialists. Also included is a chapter on hyperbaric medicine as a specialty, with recommendations on training, practice, and research. Hyperbaric facilities worldwide are also reviewed, with a further chapter on the considerable progress and expansion of the use of HBO in the United States. K.K. Jain, Textbook of Hyperbaric Medicine, 5th edition. 580 pages, ISBN 978-0-88937-361-7, US $199.00. For further information on this book and to place your order, please visit

The ECHM Collection – Complete set available at a REDUCED PRICE!
SPECIAL PRICING IF ORDERING ALL THREE VOLUMES The ECHM (European Committee for Hyperbaric Medicine) Collection, Volumes 1, 2 and 3
Learn the best practices and procedures on HBO in Europe. These three volumes are “Key” References for the best practices and procedures in hyperbaric medicine in Europe. Each volume covers a variety of topics characterized by pragmatic and direct approaches to many problems connected to the development and acceptance of hyperbarics in clinical medicine practice throughout Europe.  On sale now for $149.00 for the complete set (regularly $276).
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Use coupon code: ECHM Member Question of the Month
Q:  Are Fentanyl patches safe to use in the chambers, specifically a Duragesic patch that contains alcohol? We have been told that if covered with gauze, the patch is ok in the chamber, but does this affect the absorption rate?

A: Generally petrolatum products or products with alcohol-base we do not allow inside the chamber. Unfortunately, there isn’t currently a list of suitable or unsuitable wound care products for the chambers, but the patch should be safe, as long as it’s covered with gauze.  Generally we take the patches off before the dive as the absorption of drug varies because it increases and it may have potential side effects. Similar postulation can be made for the Fentanyl patch, but there are no scientific data to back this up. It is the safety officer of the facility, in conjunction with the Medical Director, that makes the final decision on allowable products in the chamber.  – Jayesh Shah, MD– Vice President, ACHM

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