In recent years, the growth of
clinical hyperbaric medicine has been dramatic. In the late 1970′s there were
fewer than 30 facilities providing this type of therapy.
Today, there are over 500. Most of the facilities in
operation today are hospital-based. In order for hyperbaric patients to be
assured that the highest quality medical care is available to them, the UHMS’
Executive Committee, at its November 2000 meeting, overwhelmingly supported
establishing a clinical hyperbaric medicine facility accreditation program. The
program is voluntary on the part of the facility and will provide survey
services to assess a variety of patient care and safety related issues. When
invited to perform a survey, the UHMS sends a team of experts and surveys
staffing and training, the installation in general, operation and maintenance
equipment, facility and patient safety, and standards of care.