Hyperbaric techs work at hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) facilities and implement the prescriptions of the hyperbaric physician. Working under the direction of a program manager or clinical coordinator, the hyperbaric tech works to operate a safe and effective compression chamber and the related equipment. Hyperbaric chambers utilize pure oxygen for the treatment of a variety of conditions.
Applicants must have earned their high school diploma or general education degree (GED). At least one year of experience in health care is required. They must also complete the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology-approved course focused on hyperbaric medicine. This training explores the indications and contraindications to hyperbaric oxygen treatment, procedures, emergency protocols and equipment instruction. Applicants should have a certification such as Diver Medic, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, Registered Nurse or Certified Hyperbaric Technologist.
Hyperbaric techs must pay close attention to detail with regard to policies and procedures. They must also have excellent communication skills in order to write detailed clinical reports.
Hyperbaric techs escort each patient into the hyperbaric chamber, ensuring the patient feels comfortable, and answer any questions the patient has regarding the treatment.
They are responsible for maintaining the chamber as specified by chamber regulations and must report any safety concerns to the hyperbaric oxygen safety director.
Hyperbaric techs also collect data, such as depth pressures and patient reported benefits. For patients with measurable results, hyperbaric technicians take measurements both before and after hyperbaric treatments.
They maintain accurate records with regard to medical history, hyperbaric treatment and results of each patient’s session. They schedule follow-up appointments for patients undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
These technicians must adhere to confidentiality procedures when dealing with patient information.
The average annual salary for hyperbaric technicians is $42,873, according to salary.com. Full-time employees are eligible for medical benefits and 401(k).
The emergence of hyperbaric oxygen treatment as a therapy for a variety of conditions has led to an increase in positions. HBOT treats air embolisms, carbon monoxide and cyanide poisoning, decompression sickness and burns. As more HBOT clinics open, more technicians will be needed.
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