Wednesday, November 02, 2005

UHMS, Annual Meeting, Pre- and Post-courses

From Don Chandler, Exec. Dir., UHMS

To all--

We have big plans for our annual meeting in Orlando this coming June. First, we will have a two-day pre-course on Tuesday and Wednesday June 20 and 21 on the subject of Breathhold Diving...we are joining forces with DAN and SUNY Buffalo for this one. Watch our website and as soon as you see the course posted I recommend you register early because this is going to be a popular course and space is limited Second, we will be having a pre-course on Wednesday, June 21st on a topic of hyperbaric medicine that should attract all of you who practice hyperbaric medicine. And the show isn't over yet! After our three days of scientific meetings, award banquet, noon lectures, etc., we will be having a post-course on Sunday, June 25th on the legal aspects of doing fitness to dive physicals in the morning session and the legal aspects of practicing hyperbaric medicine during the afternoon session. The post-course will be conducted by Bobby Delise our Attorney faculty member of our Fitness to Dive course. Bobby's lectures during our Fitness to Dive course always generate more questions than can be answered in the time allotted and his lectures always get the highest marks on our CME evaluations.

Bobby already has all the material he will need for the morning session, but he needs from you who practice hyperbaric medicine some questions you would like addressed. Send me an email with your questions and I will forward them on to Bobby...and don't be shy, ask the hard questions.

Some issues that may be covered in the afternoon session are from our Patient Safety Workshop:

--The Institute of Medicine estimated that 45,000 to 98,000 Americans died in our hospitals each year due to medical errors (1999).
--There is no mandatory reporting requirement for reporting adverse events.
--JCAHO developed a voluntary reporting system for reporting medical errors in 1996 but got only 400 responses.
--Litigation impedes efforts to improve quality of care through a reporting system.
--An AMA representative told Congress "...the very fear of existing legal liability on it's misrepresentation are the greatest hurdles to pioneering patient safety efforts. If the fear of litigation continues to pervade efforts to improve patient safety and quality, our transformation into a culture of safety on behalf of our patients may never be fully realized."

The afternoon session will be developed with topics about which you have questions, so ask away.