Life Support Technologies Group Awarded Reaccreditation for Hyperbaric Medicine Course

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The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) has awarded reaccreditation to The Life Support Technologies’ Group (LST), Tarrytown, NY, for LST’s 40-hour “Introduction to Hyperbaric Medicine” Course. The award extends LST’s joint providership status with the UHMS for the issuance of 40 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (Continuing Medical Education units, commonly known as CME) for physicians attending all five course days.

Jody C DiGiacomo, M.D. Lecturing at Hyperbaric Medicine Course

“The adjunctive use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be life-saving.” – Glenn Butler, CEO, Life Support Technologies Group, Tarrytown, NY.

The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) has awarded reaccreditation to The Life Support Technologies’ Group (LST), Tarrytown, NY, for LST’s 40-hour “Introduction to Hyperbaric Medicine” Course. The award extends LST’s joint providership status with the UHMS for the issuance of 40 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (Continuing Medical Education units, commonly known as CME) for physicians attending all five course days.

LST’s “Introduction to Hyperbaric Medicine” course has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) and the Life Support Technologies group. The UHMS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.

The LST course meets the new CMS-mandated educational guidelines for hyperbaric education; it provides the foundation for Physicians, Podiatrists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Respiratory Therapists, Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, Hyperbaric Technicians, and other clinical professionals who are either working in, or planning to enter, the field of Hyperbaric Medicine. The course is a pathway toward achieving professional certification in this growing field.

The current LST “Introduction to Hyperbaric Medicine” course is based on the teachings and practice of the late Eric P. Kindwall, MD, a pioneer of Hyperbaric Medicine in the United States. Dr. Kindwall taught his Hyperbaric Medicine course at LST’s partner hospitals as needed. With Dr. Kindwall’s blessings, LST built on his course and have added faculty who are experts in various areas of medicine and administration to create a dynamic, robust educational experience for physicians, allied health professionals, and hospital administrators.

Glenn Butler, LST’s founder and CEO, said, “We are honored to continue to work jointly with the UHMS to further Hyperbaric Medicine education and safety within the U.S. northeast and to our hospital partners. The adjunctive use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be life-saving. Our Wound Patient Care Continuum protocols better manage admitted patients with wounds, often adding hyperbaric therapy to their Plan-of-Care. Such protocols improve patient outcomes while often reducing Length-of-Stay and readmissions. Early and comprehensive in-patient intervention in patients at risk for limb amputation can often save limbs and improve quality-of-life.”

Hyperbaric Medical treatment involves putting a patient in a specially designed vessel known as a hyperbaric chamber that is pressurized greater than atmospheric pressure. The patient breathes 100% oxygen while under increased pressure. Monoplace hyperbaric chambers are the most common and are designed to treat one patient at a time. Multiplace chambers are purpose-built and can accommodate as many patients as they are built for. Hyperbaric chamber construction standards are established and published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Pressure Vessel for Human Occupancy (PVHO) Committee.

Course faculty consists of recognized experts in their fields, each of whom are board certified in one or more specialties. The Course Director is Glenn Butler, CEO and founder of LST. Course Clinical Directors are Scott Gorenstein, MD, FACEP, Clinical Director, Division of Regenerative Medicine, Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY; Edward Golembe, MD, Skin Integrity Director, Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY; and Jody C DiGiacomo, MD, FACS, CentraState Medical Center, Freehold, NJ.

Physician guest lecturers include Donnovan T. Rosas, MD, Plastic Surgery, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Suffern, NY; and Jay G. Levine, DPM, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Suffern, NY.

Non-physician faculty include Donna Hangan, ANP, CHRNC, CWS, Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY; Mark Chipps, CHT, EMT, Corporate Compliance Officer, LST; Michael Merrow, CHT, EMT, Hyperbaric Operations Manager, Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY; Peter P. Delaney, Product Specialist: Transcutaneous Oxygen and Laser Doppler Equipment, Perimed, Inc., Ardsmore, PA; and Bernie Chowdhury, CHT, LST’s Training Director.

Non-physician, non-faculty who helped plan the course include Patrick McCabe, LST’s CFO, and Jorge Beale, LST’s Controller. Other course support personnel include Amarish Khan, RT, Clinical Development, LST; Gerry Koinig, Webmaster, LST.

The remaining course date and venue at LST partner medical facilities for this year is: October 17-21, 2014 at Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY.

Next year’s course dates and venues at LST partner medical facilities are: February 27 – March 3, 2015 at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY; April 24-28, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center, Hartford, CT; June 5-9, 2015 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Suffern, NY; October 16-20, 2015 at Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY.

For more information see:

Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS)

http://membership.uhms.org/

National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NDBHMT)

http://www.nbdhmt.org/

About the Life Support Technologies Group (LST)

The Life Support Technologies Group (LST) is a Tarrytown, NY-based medical and life-support engineering company specializing in Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Services to hospitals in the NY, NJ, CT region. LST has been in business for 20 years and currently provides services to 9 hospitals.

Glenn Butler, CEO
Life Support Technologies Group
(914) 333-8412
http://www.lifesupport-USA.com

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