Continuing education is mandatory for health care professionals and hyperbaric team members are no exception. Among other things, it affords exposure to new information, consolidates existing knowledge and introduces evolving standards. It is anticipated that the sum of all of this is maintenance of best patient care and related safety.
The Board receives a wide range of continuing education requests and approves those deemed consistent with the above criteria. Awarding of credits commonly results from attendance at meetings, conferences and training courses, employer-based learning opportunities and various online initiatives. In the context of the CHT, the Board considers hyperbaric delivery system operations, its related technical aspects and chamber safety to represent core competency. Accordingly, these topics should represent the primary focus of a CHTs continuing education. Consistent with this position, the Board requires that a minimum of nine of the minimum twelve 12 Category A credits directly address these topics.
Re-certification requests occasionally fail to meet this requirement and applicants notified to undergo increased core competency updating prior to re-submission. This is common with CEU exposure to more generalized material. Examples include review of existing and proposed hyperbaric indications, related pathophysiology, claims filing and reimbursement nuances, clinical practice updates more suited to providers, and other “peripheral” medical topics. In order that the CHT maximizes their value equation (quality and appropriateness of continuing education over its cost of acquisition), the Board now requires the following statement to accompany all subsequent references to NBDHMT approved CEU, one that serves as a reminder of CHT core competency:
“CHT re-certification requires a minimum of nine of the minimum 12 Category A credits relate directly to any combination of hyperbaric operations, related technical aspects and chamber safety”.
Dick Clarke, President
National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology
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Updated June 2, 2020