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CEU Courses for CHT & CHRN


Introduction to the Safety Director Role

This comprehensive 2-day live course provides participants with the required tools for effectively carrying out the role of safety director. This program benefits those new to the safety director position by orienting them to the responsibilities as defined by the NFPA, UHMS and other organizations. In addition, the course is a great review for current safety directors and seasoned technicians by providing updates to NFPA code and industry standards. This course is intended for a wide audience of health care providers involved in the provision of hyperbaric medicine, including the registered nurse, certified hyperbaric registered nurse, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, registered respiratory therapist, certified hyperbaric technician, physician, physician's assistant, EMT’s and paramedics. The main goals of the course are to review hyperbaric safety and emergency procedure development.

Credit Hours: 16
Availability: Live

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Introductory Course in Hyperbaric Medicine

This is an intense four day course approved by the UHMS & NBDHMT as an Introductory Course in Hyperbaric Medicine and intended for a wide audience of health care providers involved in advanced wound care management, including the physician, registered nurse, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, registered respiratory therapist, physical therapist, physician's assistant, EMT’s and paramedics. The goals of this course are to provide an understanding of the physics involved in increasing the pressure in a fixed volume environment; provide an overview of the physiological effects of hyperbaric oxygen and the pharmacological role oxygen plays in hyperbaric medicine; review the history of hyperbaric therapy; review the various types of hyperbaric systems in use today and regulations involved in maintaining a safe operating environment; gain an understanding of the organizations that serve as resources for the field of hyperbaric medicine and lastly, review the UHMS indications approved for treatment in the hyperbaric environment, review the safety standards for operating the equipment and understand the requirements for documentation for compliance and payment.

Credit Hours: 40
License: MD, DO, DPM (Florida only), RN, LPN, CNS, ARNP, CRT, RRT, RCP, CHT, CHRN
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Hyperbaric Medicine Mechanisms of Action & UHMS Accepted Indications

The goals of this intense 5.5-hour course are to describe the mechanisms of action in hyperbaric oxygenation including the primary and secondary effects of hyperoxygenation; define the UHMS indications which represent the scientifically based accepted criteria for treatment with hyperbaric medicine; review the indication and the specific mechanism of action associated with it; define the algorithmic assessment pathway for the potential hyperbaric candidate, and define the utilization parameters associated with each indication.


Hyperbaric Safety Standards & Emergency Patient Management

The main goals of this intense ninety minute course are to review hyperbaric safety and emergency procedure development; list the regulatory agencies involved in defining hyperbaric codes, designing fire safety codes, and defining engineering standards; describe the emergency medical response for various medical emergencies; describe who is responsible for equipment maintenance and potential equipment issues; define the most effective infection control standard and to describe what resources are available in developing training standards.


Introduction to Decompression Theory & Tables

The goals of this intense 2-hour course are to educate as to the physics & physiological effect of hyperbaric exposure and to explain the mechanisms and types of injury associated with hyperbaric and diving operations.

Topics covered in this course include decompression sickness (DCS), bubble formation, saturation and desaturation of tissues, "wet" and "dry" diving (multiplace) in calculating gas uptake and elimination using dive tables, US Navy dive tables and NOAA dive tables, clinical hyperbaric medicine tender rules, and much more.


The Practitioner's Role in Hyperbaric Medicine: Patient Management & Documentation Requirements

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) involves the use of 100% oxygen in a treatment chamber at a pressure greater than atmospheric pressure for various therapeutic purposes. HBO is a prescribed treatment by an appropriate practitioner and is a covered service for a defined number of diagnoses/indications by most insurance payers. A practitioner is required to document the rationale for the delivery of the treatment, a detailed history and physical, patient goals described in the plan of care with appropriate utilization review follow up and risks associated with delivering the treatment. The goals of this intense two-hour course are to detail the role of the physician in managing patients under consideration for HBO, the assessment and screening criteria, standards, and risks.


Latent Effects of Radiation and the Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy


This one-hour CME/CEU credit course provides education on the latent effects of radiation and the use of HBOT with the goal of affording patients the best care possible as expeditiously as feasible based on the most up to date research, literature, and data available. Physicians will be able to make a proper referral for treatment of wounded patients meeting hyperbaric candidacy.

The physician will have increased knowledge, competence, and performance in regards to symptoms, patient evaluation, and treatment.


CHT Re-certification CEU Package - 2017


This package contains NBDHMT approved Category A CEU courses to meet re-certification requirements for CHT and partial CHRN.

As per the NBDHMT CHT Resource Manual updated April 2017: "CHTs are required to earn a minimum of 24 hours of education credits (hours) during each re-certification period.

At least 12 must be Category A, defined as education and training directly related to the practice of undersea, hyperbaric or hypobaric medicine. Of these 12 credits, at least 9 (75%) must relate to ‘core competency’, namely technical, operational and safety aspects of the hyperbaric/hypobaric delivery system. They may be earned through attendance at meetings and conferences that have received prior-approval from the NBDHMT to award such credits."

This package fulfills that portion of the re-certification requirement.

Note: For full details of CHT re-certification requirements please consult the NBDHMT CHT Resource Manual


  • Introduction to Decompression Theory and Tables (2.0 Credit Hours). NBDHMT Core Competency: Technical.
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and the Role of Hyperbaric Medicine; also includes a slide review of lecture material, and an article on Air Quality in the Hyperbaric Chamber. (0.75 credit hour). NBDHMT Core Competency: Technical.
  • Hyperbaric Chamber Systems, Chamber Operations, and Fire Science and Safety (2.0 credit hours). NBDHMT Core Competency: Operations and Safety.
  • Hyperbaric Safety Standards and Emergency Patient Management (2.0 credit hours). NBDHMT Core Competency: Operational and Safety.
  • Practitioner’s Role in Hyperbaric Medicine: Patient Management & Documentation Requirements (2.0 credit hours). NBDHMT Core Competency: Technical.
  • Decompression Sickness; this course also includes an update on the Latest Research on DCS (1.5 credit hours). NBDHMT Core Competency: Technical.
  • Dive Tables and the Physics of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine. (1.0 credit hour). NBDHMT Core Competency: Technical.
  • Latent Effects of Radiation and the Use of HBOT. (1.5 credits) NBDHMT Core Competency: Technical.
  • * Each lesson is followed by a quiz and evaluation.  


Helen Gelly, MD, FACEP, FCCWS, ABPM/UHM. Dr. Gelly is the Medical Director for Wound Care Education Partners, Emeritus Medical Director for Hyperbaric Physicians of Georgia, and Chief Executive Officer of HyperbarXs. 

Dr. Gelly has been involved in hyperbaric medicine and wound care since 1991. Past positions have included Medical Directorships at academic and community hyperbaric medicine and wound care programs. She started a non-hospital affiliated hyperbaric medicine center which was one of the first UHMS accreditated centers. She has been actively involved in billing and reimbursement issues for both facilities and physicians. In addition to lecturing nationally on hyperbaric medicine and wound healing for many years, she was the president of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the UHMS from 2005-2007.



Dive Tables and the Physics of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine - June 2017

This course consists of two video lectures, followed by a short quiz.

  • Video Lecture 1: "Dive Tables"
  • Video lecture 2: "Physics of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine"

This course is designed to greatly enhance your understanding of the dive tables and hyperbaric physics, two topics that the majority of practitioners struggle with.

About the Instructor

Nick Bird, MD, MMM, ABFM, FUHM

Dr. Bird currently serves as Regional Medical Director for Duke Urgent Care in Durham, NC.

Fellowship trained in undersea and hyperbaric medicine, Dr. Bird is a past CEO and Chief Medical Officer for Divers Alert Network, and Medical Director of Hyperbaric Medicine at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, UT.

Having served in the United States Air Force, Dr. Bird was the Deputy Flight Commander for the Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Center at Travis AFB in Fairfield, CA. He also served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

You will see Dr. Bird around the U.S. teaching Introduction to Hyperbaric Medicine courses with Wound Care Education Partners, as well as teaching online continuing education programs for practitioners of hyperbaric medicine.

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