Wednesday, May 03, 2006

NOAA/UHMS/USRF Physicians' Training in Diving Medicine Course: July 10-21, 2006

Lisa Wasdin, UHMS, sends us the following information:

"We still have space available in our NOAA/UHMS/USRF Physicians' Training in Diving Medicine Course: July 10-21, 2006 to be held at the NOAA Center in Seattle, WA.

The goal of this course is to fully train physicians to be capable to handle complex diving medical emergencies. After completing the course, the diving physician should be able to manage diving emergency cases and to safely operate the hyperbaric chamber and its support equipment.

The course will include practical "hands on" experience operating and working inside recompression chambers, and the use of commercial and military diving equipment. Training facilities will include 72", 60", and 42" diameter therapeutic recompression chambers and a 30-foot deep diver-training tower. Chambers will be equipped to demonstrate recent technological advances developed by USRF and NOAA.

Instructional content covered by the faculty experts include:

Physical and physiological effects of pressure

Hypothermia and hyperthermia in undersea and hyperbaric systems

Physiological effects of gases
High pressure nervous syndrome

Life support parameters/systems
Diving in polluted water

Fundamentals of gas exchange
Tunnel and caisson workers

Decompression theory and procedures (air/oxygen/mixed gases)
Chamber safety

Diagnosis & treatment of diving casualties
Oxygen toxicity

Recompression therapy
Saturation diving

Ear, nose and throat problems
Recreational diving

Patent Foramen Ovale
Hyperbaric technology

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy


The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society designates this continuing medical education activity for 82 hours in Category 1 of the Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association.

All faculty participating in continuing medical education programs sponsored by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society are expected to disclose to the program audience any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest related to their presentation(s). Full disclosure will be made at the program.

More information on this course can be found at: