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Staff Qualifications

Staff Qualifications

Staff Qualifications


To clarify the necessary professional training and duties of the physician and full- and part-time staff members who staff the program.


  1. Physicians, Nurses and Allied Health staff must have current State licensure.
  2. Physicians must have current state DEA and BNDD
  3. Physicians, Nurses, and Technologists
    1. Successful completion of training approved by the UHMS (Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society),
      the (BNACB) Baromedical Nursing Association Certification Board or the NBDHMT (National Board
      of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technologists), respectively. All team members must demonstrate
      a fundamental appreciation of hyperbaric medicine with respect to:
    2. Knowledge of the “approved” uses, and the basis for their treatment with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
    3. Knowledge of applicable gas laws.
    4. Knowledge of chamber fire safety.
    5. Knowledge of potential risks, side effects, and contraindications of hyperbaric medicine, and an ability to explain these issues to patients/ families in terms that they can understand.
    6. Ability to provide hyperbaric treatments and transcutaneous assessments in a safe and effective manner, with minimal discomfort to the patient.
    7. Knowledge of the hyperbaric chamber, associated ventilator, and all ancillary equipment, standard operating procedures, and related emergency procedures.
    8. Ability to recognize side effects and complications (including ear, tooth, and sinus difficulties, pneumothorax, oxygen toxicity, and hypoglycemia) and to follow up with appropriate corrective action.
    9. Documentation of professional and educational credentials in accordance with federal and state requirements and The Hyperbaric Medicine Service policy.
    10. Hyperbaric team members are encouraged to further their professional education and development. Specific opportunities will be provided in the field of hyperbaric and diving medicine and technology.
    11. Each employee is required to maintain and document competency and compliance in accordance with the Hyperbaric Medicine Service policy.
    12. All nurses and technologists are required to challenge their respective certification examination within one (1) year of employment.
    13. Registered Nurses – exam is for Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse-CHRN (eligibility after 1 year of hyperbaric experience)
    14. Technologists – exam is for Certified Hyperbaric Technologist-CHT (eligibility after 3 months of hyperbaric experience.)

PRN/Part-Time Staffing

  1. The following positions may qualify as PRN/part-time staff:
    1. Registered Nurse, currently licensed in State of practice
    2. Respiratory Therapist, currently licensed in state of practice
    3. Hyperbaric Technologist, currently holding CHT credential
  2. The PRN/part-time staff reports directly to the:
    1. Clinical Director, and will function under direct full time employee supervision, unless they have completed formal training in hyperbaric medicine. In absence of the Clinical Director, PRN/part-time staff members will report directly to the designated staff.
  3. PRN/part-time Job Summary:
    1. To provide temporary assistance to hyperbaric facility full-time staff. PRN/part-time employees will be scheduled for a minimum of 4 hours Monday through Friday, and a minimum of 2 hours weekends, evenings, or holidays.
  4. Specific Duties:
    1. Ensure patients are appropriately prepared for hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
    2. Maintain patient scheduling, as posted.
    3. Provide hyperbaric oxygen treatments.
    4. Perform transcutaneous oximetry studies, as ordered.
    5. Maintain appropriate hyperbaric facility and chamber cleanliness in order to minimize cross contamination
      of patients.
    6. Prepare equipment and maintain adequate supplies for ancillary equipment.
    7. Perform other supportive duties as assigned by the Hyperbaric Medicine Nurse Manager or full-time hyperbaric staff members.
  5. PRN/part-time Staff Guidelines:
    1. Availability of prescheduled hours for the The Hyperbaric Medicine Service will be on first-come, first-served basis, and should be checked as soon as the PRN/part-time’s principal work schedule becomes available.
    2. Monday through Friday shifts will consist of a 4-hour minimum.
    3. PRN/part-time personnel will work a minimum of two 4 hours shifts a month to maintain competency.
    4. PRN/part-time personnel will not be allowed to work in the hyperbaric unit if they have worked the immediate previous shift elsewhere.
    5. If PRN/part-time personnel are scheduled and cannot do the assigned time, the hyperbaric Clinical Director is to be notified at least 12 hours in advance.
    6. If PRN/part-time personnel are not needed for the assigned time, that person will be notified at least 4 hours in advance.
    7. PRN/part-time personnel will comply with hyperbaric program dress code.
    8. PRN/part-time personnel will work under the supervision of the Clinical Director, unless that PRN/part-time person has had at least one (1) year experience and has completed the Primary Hyperbaric Training Course.
    9. Breaks and mealtimes will be as allowed by patient scheduling.


This policy shall be reviewed and, if necessary, revised at least every year.

Medical Director Date

Reviewed Date:

Revised Date:

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