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Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Section Newsletter - September 2015

Hyperbaric Indications: Take a listen... Have you heard the latest?

Diving Medicine eConference

BruceDerrick_2015The 2015-16 season of the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Fellow’s monthly diving medicine eConference is now underway. This web-based conference is held at 3pm Eastern on the first Tuesday of every month starting in August. The Duke University fellows host the conference via WebEx (available for download to your computer or portable device). Participants are emailed a link to access the meeting about 1 week ahead of time and are able to join via computer (webcams encouraged), or dial-in. Interesting cases involving the diagnosis, management and follow up recommendations for diving injuries, fitness to dive evaluation, and other critical care or unique hyperbaric medicine related cases are presented each month. A lively discussion from the fellows and experienced hyperbaric medicine faculty from around the country follows the presentation.

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The Pressure Clinician's Corner (PCC): Review of Indication - Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (ISSHL)

DavutSasser_2015Alright Pressure Professionals,

Today we will be briefly reviewing the newer (not completely novel) Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS)-approved indication of Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (ISSHL). We will go over the basics of the indication and provide the key points and justification for therapy. While the new UHMS Guidelines have just recently been published, this indication for therapy may not be as well-known as others may be, therefore, I will provide a brief overview here of the main points and summaries as mentioned and referenced directly from the guidelines in conjunction with the presentation of a clinical case. This is a case I personally saw and treated in my practice and I have provided the anonymous audiograms that reveals the patient's progress both before and after an initial 10 treatments of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

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Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowships

UHM is a diverse specialty that offers the opportunities to practice clinical, academic, research, and administrative aspects of hyperbaric and diving medicine. Medical patients are referred from critical care, surgery, plastics, medicine, OMFS, orthopedics, ophthalmology, podiatry, and emergency medicine. Diving patients hail from recreational, commercial, research, scientific, military, and technical diving backgrounds. Moreover, the current research being conducted In the areas of medical resuscitation, traumatic brain injury, trauma, sepsis, and vasculopathies will continue to open new opportunities for UHM physicians.

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Section Meeting at ACEP15 & Officer Elections

ACEP15 is rapidly approaching:

Boston, MA: October 26-29, 2015
Book your travel and lodging soon! Hotels are filling up fast.

Mark your calendars!

The Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Section meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 28, 2015
9:00 am – 11:30 am
Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel
Room: Commonwealth Ballroom A (Concourse Level)

Election of Officers

Elections will be held during the section meeting at ACEP15 in Boston. If you have an interest in serving as an officer for the UHM Section, please notify Derek Cooney, MD, NREMT-P, FACEP, UHM Section Chair or Margaret Montgomery, staff liaison.

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Article You May Have Missed

The following represents my personal opinion only, and not that of ACEP, any other individuals, institution or organization. I highly recommend that readers also read the source article (citation below), to form their individual opinions.

“Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Diminish Fibromyalgia Syndrome – Prospective Clinical Trial”

Shai Efrati, Haim Golan, Yair Bechor, Yifat Faran, Shir Daphna-Tekoah, Gal Sekler, Gregori Fishlev, Jacob N. Ablin, Jacob Bergan, Olga Volkov, Mony Friedman, Eshel Ben-Jacob, Dan Buskila

Efrati S, Golan H, Bechor Y, Faran Y, Daphna-Tekoah S, Sekler G, et al. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Diminish Fibromyalgia Syndrome – Prospective Clinical Trial. PLoS ONE. 2015;10(5):e0127012.

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