Happy New Decade!
It was 11 years ago this month that I began generating these Briefings, and coincided with my reassuming the role of Board president. Their intent has been to keep you up in touch with Board activities and other mission related topics that may be of interest. I have managed to come up with something over the years. However, I would certainly welcome addressing any suggestions you may have.
By my count, then, here comes number 133.
A reminder to you diver medics that the annual DMT refresher course will take place on February 5-6, and again in the ‘Big Easy’, AKA New Orleans. This is an excellent opportunity to acquire necessary recertification credits and acquire all-important hands-on comprehensive invasive skills re-training. You are encouraged to email in to the Board any questions you may have related to diving medicine and your medic role. Expert faculty members will address them during the various presentations.
CHT/CHT-V’s, please be reminded that nine hours (so 75%) of Category A recertification credits should be related directly to what your role involves; namely chamber delivery system operations and related safety. It is perfectly acceptable to gain credits related to clinical and other aspects of diving and hyperbaric medicine, and they can certainly ‘spillover’ the 12 Cat A credit minimum. However, key to knowledge and skill retention/ updating is ongoing exposure to those topics that serve to assure safe and effective delivery of hyperbaric medicine. Seek advice from the Board if you have any difficulty locating suitable credit sources.
Dick Clarke, President
National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology
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Updated January 20, 2020