Sunday, June 26, 2005

DAN and International ATMO Offer Scholarships

The DAN America Recompression Chamber Assistance Program (RCAP) and International ATMO, a leader in hyperbaric medical education, have joined together to offer scholarships to send candidates to the International ATMO/Hyperbaric Safety Director Course in San Antonio, Texas.

The course scholarship is available to all staff members of remote chambers affected by RCAP; the course is held twice a year, the dates for the next class is Oct. 19-22.

To promote the appropriate education of recompression chamber personnel, DAN RCAP will provide at least two scholarships for attendance at the course. Assistance will be in the form of transportation, housing and subsistence. International ATMO, Inc. will provide the fee for course attendance.

This 30-hour program, which is offered at the Nix Medical Center in downtown San Antonio, is designed to provide necessary tools and resources to fulfill the responsibilities of the hyperbaric safety director as defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 99, Standard for Health Care Facilities). This course is appropriate for hyperbaric technologists, respiratory therapists, nurses and physicians. The curriculum includes classroom instruction and practical exercises.

The selection of a suitable candidate will be based on a number of requirements. For scholarship selection criteria and an application form, check the DAN website.

Through its Recompression Chamber Assistance Program, DAN assists recompression chambers in the DAN America region in areas of equipment, training and emergency assistance or helps those chambers maintain or reach levels DAN America believes appropriate. DAN also assists those chambers that may otherwise not be able to financially provide what is needed.

Founded in 1979 under the guidance of Dr. Jefferson C. Davis, International ATMO is one of the oldest continuous providers of hyperbaric medicine services. It has provided technical, nursing, and management services for comprehensive wound care programs at two hospital-based locations in San Antonio, Texas. Corporate President, Paul J. Sheffield, Ph.D., is an original founder of the organization.