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.
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.
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
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.
The site surveys performed by UHMS expert teams cover:
- 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
- human resources
- information management
- infection control
- medical staff
- teaching and publishing
- clinical research
- patient treatment information
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).
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