General Course Information for PMTX 1086X: Advanced Hyperbaric Medicine

Course: PMTX 1086X - Advanced Hyperbaric Medicine
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Course Description:

Administration of clinical hyperbaric oxygen therapy, mono-place and multi-place chamber requirements and advantages of using hyperbaric medicine for treating clinical conditions of Arterial gas embolism, smoke inhalation, wounds healing, burns, and other conditions of the approved undersea medical society approved list. Student will be introduced to transcutanious oxygen monitoring. Skills include parental administration of medications, aseptic techniques and sterile fields, IV administration, catheterization, advanced wound care and suturing, advanced emergency airway care and endotracheal intubation, and emergency thoracentesis. Student must complete 40 hours of ER clinical observations.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate, recognize, and perform recompression hyperbaric chamber treatments of diving illness disorders using current hyperbaric clinical practices.
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and explain the various diseases and conditions which are approved currently by FDA.
  • Describe proper aseptic techniques according to the nursing standards and explain practical application related to diving and hyperbaric medicine.
  • Demonstrate the ability to administer medications by injection (SQ, IM, IV, or ID) and describe the procedures and equipment used for the administration of each.
  • Demonstrate the ability to start an IV, monitor the IV under hyperbaric conditions, and DC the IV, ensuring patient safety.
  • Demonstrate the ability to properly perform catheterization both a males and females, under hyperbaric conditions, ensuring patient safety.
  • Demonstrate the ability to properly perform endotracheal intubation and oxygen administration into an entubated patient.
  • Describe the therapeutic mechanisms of hyperbaric O2 for decompression and HBO therapies.
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide advanced wound care, proper cleaning, and debridement, preparation for minor surgery, local anesthesia procedure, and suturing techniques.
  • Explain and describe proper chamber safety procedures, codes and regulations, and practical application for using either mono and/or multiplace chambers.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform thoracentesis needle stick procedures in a chamber, ensuring patient safety.
  • List and explain contraindications to hyperbaric therapy treatments.
  • Describe practical application of insurance, reimbursement, and billing for HBO treatments.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate, recognize, and perform recompression hyperbaric chamber treatments of diving illness disorders and to perform advanced medical skills in hyperbaric conditions following current hyperbaric clinical and commercial diving practices as a diving medic technician (DMT).
Course Requirements:

Clothing and watch: Proper EMT clothing that can be worn for ambulance ride along. A personal watch with second hand for timing events and vitals.

Students with Disabilities:
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Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

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