Note to Patients and Referring Physicians
When you see the UHMS
Accredited Facility logo in our treatment center directory, you’ve found a hospital-based hyperbaric oxygen therapy provider that meets the most rigorous industry standards, practices evidence-based medicine, and only treats patients with FDA-approved diseases and conditions.
Roles and Purposes
An international nonprofit organization serving some 2,400 members in 50 countries, the UHMS is the chief accrediting body and the primary source of scientific information for diving and hyperbaric medicine physiology worldwide.
The Society has long been acknowledged as the leading representative of the hyperbaric medical community to federal, state and local agencies on matters related to efficacy, standards of care, and reimbursement. In the United States we have the UHMS to thank for most of our approved clinical indications and financial reimbursement for hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
The UHMS also hosts an annual Scientific Meeting, publishes the bimonthly peer-reviewed Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Journal, provides grant funding for focused research, and coordinates continuing medical and professional education and certification.
The UHMS offers several levels of membership for individuals and corporations. Individual membership requires a professional degree, technical certification, or some standing in the hyperbaric medicine community.
HBOT providers voluntarily participate in the UHMS clinical hyperbaric medicine facility accreditation program to demonstrate their commitment to patient care and facility safety. The Joint Commission, the main accrediting body for healthcare organizations in the US, recognizes UHMS Accredited Facilities.
Today the UHMS accredits some 90+ hyperbaric facilities. HyperbaricLink maintains a database of UHMS accredited facilities heightand displays the UHMS accreditation badge in treatment center directory listings.
UHMS Accredited Facilities must successfully complete a rigorous assessment of staffing and training; equipment installation, operation, and maintenance; facility and patient safety; and standards of care.
UHMS Accredited Facilities With Distinction earn superior scores.
The site surveys performed by UHMS expert teams cover:
- facility construction
- chamber fabrication
- chamber ventilation
- fire protection
- electrical systems and service
- gas handling
- patient rights
- patient assessment
- patient care
- environment of care
- patient education
- quality improvement
- professional improvement
- human resources
- information management
- infection control
- medical staff
- teaching and publishing
- clinical research
- patient treatment information
The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) offers and jointly sponsors a variety of accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses for physicians through the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
The UHMS coordinates a physician fellowship in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine through the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) and the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM).
In partnership with the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT), the Society coordinates the certification of hyperbaric medical technologists, including Divers Medic Technologists (DMT), Certified Hyperbaric Technologists (CHT), and Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurses (CHRN).
Non-Profit, Tax-Exempt 501(c)(3) Corporation
21 West Colony Place, Suite 280
Durham, NC 27705
Dr. Peter Bennett, PhD, DSc
Ms. Lisa Tidd
Office Manager/Meeting Planner
Ms. Stacy Rupert
Ms. Cindi Easterling
Ms. Renee Duncan
Mr. Tom Workman, MS, CAsP, CHT-A, FAsMA
Director of Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs
Mr. Roy Cano, CHT
Assistant Director of Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Journal
(peer reviewed journal)
Other UHMS publications
Annual Scientific Meeting
2012: June 21st - 24th, Phoenix, Arizona
Regional Chapter Meetings
Aerospace Medical Association (AsMa)
European Underwater and Baromedical Society (EUBS)
Gesellschaft für Tauch-und Über-druck-medizin e.V (GTUM)
Japanese Society for Hyperbaric Medicine (JSHM)
Société de Médecine et de Physiologie Subaquatiques et Hyperbares de Langue Française (MEDSUBHYP)
Southern African Underwater and Hyperbaric Medical Association (SAUHMA)
South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society (SPUMS)