Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS)

 When you see the UHMS Accredited Facility logo in the HyperbaricLink Treatment Centers directory, you’ve found a hyperbaric treatment center that meets the most rigorous standards, practices evidence-based medicine, and only treats patients with conditions for which hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe and effective treatment.

 Look for these symbols in the Treatment Centers Directory.

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society accredited symbol
Accredited by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society accredited symbol
Accredited with Distinction by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.

 Organization Type

Professional Society
Founded 1967
Non-Profit, Tax-Exempt 501(c)(3) Corporation
Membership: 2,500+ medical professionals

Roles and Purposes

An international nonprofit organization serving over 2,500 members in 50 countries, the UHMS is the chief accrediting body and the primary source of scientific information for diving and hyperbaric medicine physiology worldwide.

The Society has long been acknowledged as the leading representative of the hyperbaric medical community to federal, state and local agencies on matters related to efficacy, standards of care, and reimbursement. In the United States we have the UHMS to thank for most of our approved clinical indications and financial reimbursement for hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

The UHMS also hosts an annual Scientific Meeting, publishes the bimonthly peer-reviewed Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Journal, provides grant funding for focused research, and coordinates continuing medical and professional education and certification.

Membership

The UHMS offers several levels of membership for individuals and corporations. Individual membership requires a professional degree, technical certification, or some standing in the hyperbaric medicine community.

 Facility Accreditation

HBOT providers voluntarily participate in the UHMS clinical hyperbaric medicine facility accreditation program to demonstrate their commitment to patient care and facility safety. The Joint Commission, the main accrediting body for healthcare organizations in the US, recognizes UHMS Accredited Facilities.

Today the UHMS accredits over 100 hyperbaric facilities. The HyperbaricLink treatment center directory shows which facilities are currently accredited.

Levels

Accredited facilities must successfully complete a rigorous assessment of staffing and training; equipment installation, operation, and maintenance; facility and patient safety; and standards of care.

Accredited with Distinction facilities earn superior scores.

Criteria

The site surveys performed by UHMS expert teams cover:

  • governance
  • administration
  • operations
  • maintenance
  • facility construction
  • chamber fabrication
  • chamber ventilation
  • fire protection
  • electrical systems and service
  • gas handling
  • patient rights
  • patient assessment
  • patient care
  • environment of care
  • patient education
  • quality improvement
  • professional improvement
  • leadership
  • human resources
  • information management
  • infection control
  • medical staff
  • teaching and publishing
  • clinical research
  • patient treatment information

 Professional Certification

The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) offers and jointly sponsors a variety of accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses for physicians through the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

The UHMS coordinates a physician fellowship in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine through the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) and the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM).

In partnership with the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT), the Society coordinates the certification of hyperbaric medical technologists, including Divers Medic Technologists (DMT), Certified Hyperbaric Technologists (CHT), and Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurses (CHRN).

 Publications

Undersea & hyperbaric medicine: journal of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc.
National Library of Medicine Title Abbreviation: Undersea Hyperb Med
NLM ID: 9312954, ISSN: 1066-2936

The journal is the peer-reviewed publication of the Society. Much of the important research regarding hyperbaric oxygen therapy appears first in this publication.

For more information see: About the UHM Journal
Other UHMS publications

 Address

631 US Highway 1, Suite 307
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

 Phone Numbers

Primary:

(919) 490-5140

Toll Free:

(877) 533-8467

Fax:

(919) 490-5149

 Website

 E‑Mail

 Key Personnel

Mr. John Peters, FACHE
Executive Director

Ms. Lisa Tidd
Membership Coordinator / Meeting Planner

Ms. Stacy Rupert
Education / CME Coordinator

Ms. Cindi Easterling
Education Specialist

Ms. Renee Duncan
Managing Editor of UHM / Pressure

Mr. Tom Workman, MS, CAsP, CHT-A, FAsMA
Director of Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs

 Events

Calendar: Current Schedule

Annual Scientific Meeting
2017: June 29th - July 1st, Naples FL

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Updated: 13 Feb 2017 06:38 AM
Created: 12 Sep 2010 07:19 PM
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