OPERATOR and TENDER Course

hyperbaric chamber operator course

A N D I Hyperbaric Technologies Training Programs

Hyperbaric Chamber Awareness (HCA): This program is designed to provide the elementary background physics, physiology and  operating procedures of general hyperbaric therapy and its benefits. A chamber dive is often included in this program but not a requirement.  90 minutes

Hyperbaric Chamber Operator Level (ONE): Text : Unit Specific version of the ANDI Hyperbaric Chamber Operator Text plus Manufacturer’s Set-up Manual. This is a unit-specific certification designed to train individuals in elementary theory and the basic function of use for a specific Mono-place Hyperbaric Chamber. This is suitable for a Non Clinical environment. Upon completion the student will have demonstrated an elementary understanding of the basic concepts of the physics, physiology and patient care as well as equipment set-up, maintenance and hands-on use of the specific chamber. 4-6 hours of theory and actual operation of the specific chamber are included. No prerequisites.

Hyperbaric Chamber Operator (HCO) Level 2: This is a unit specific certification designed to train individuals in the theory, function and delivery of treatment protocols for a specific Mono-place Hyperbaric Chamber in a Clinical Environment. 16-20 hours                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Hyperbaric Chamber Operator (HCO Level 3): This is a unit-specific certification designed to train individuals in all of the theory and function and delivery of clinical treatment protocols for a specific multi-place hyperbaric chamber in a clinical environment.  16- 20 hours                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Emergency Diver Treatment Operations: is available elective for HCO Level 3 – This program includesthe mechanisms, recognition of signs and symptoms, selection of treatment tables, patient, handling, delivering treatment, high dose toxicity issues and follow – up therapy. Openwater Diver plus HCO L3 prerequisite.  12-16 hours

Hyperbaric Chamber Tender – HCT Level 2 – This program is designed to provide the background physics, physiology and procedures of hyperbaric treatment, in general, along with patient care and counseling so as toallow the individual to assist a fully certified Hyperbaric Chamber  Operator in the handling and treatment of patients in a mono- place clinical environment. This course rating could also be described as “Operator’s Assistant” or “Outside  Tender”.    12-16 hours

Hyperbaric Chamber Tender – HCT Level 3 – This program is designed to provide the background physics, physiology and procedures of hyperbaric treatment, in general, along with patient care and counseling so as to allow the individual to assist a fully certified Hyperbaric Chamber  Operator in the handling and treatment of patients in a multi- place clinical environment. 12-16 hours (6 hours)

With HCT Level 2 as prerequisite

Emergency Diver Treatment Tender – is a available elective for HCT Level 3 – or HCO Level 3. This program includes the mechanisms, recognition of signs and symptoms, patient handling, high dose toxicity issues and medical emergencies. This certifies “inside”tender in a divers recompresion chamber. 8 hours

Openwater Diver plus HCT L3 as prerequisites.

The Art of Patient Handling– This program is designed to train Operators & Tenders as a “Hyperbaric acclimination specialist”. This training give the Tender or Operator the ability to better accliminate the clients to the treatment and the clinical facility, to insure that only positive experiences are logged and that patients become better clients overall.   8 hours

HCO or HCT as prerequisites.

Certified Hyperbaric Technician (CHT): This program differs from other agencies’ CHT certification in that this program involves actual hands-on chamber experience. The CHT is a very prestigious rating  that indicates a high level of hyperbaric equipment capability.  This rating includes: Equipment layout, Equipment Installation, Manifold and Control Panel Operation,  gas systems, Physics and Physiology for HB operations, Safety Systems, patient handling, Baurotrama and Toxicity Management, infection controls, equipment maintenance and more will provide a thorough foundation for a career as a Technician and Operator.  24 hours

HCO Level 3 Prerequisite

Functional Hyperbaric Medicine:  Principles and Practice (HMP) is a comprehensive certification course for physicians, nurses, and technicians that provides the essential training you need to begin working within a medical office, clinic or hospital’s Hyperbaric Department. This program includes: An overview of Hyperbaric Therapy; The Physics of Gases; Pathophysiology and Mechanisms of Oxygen; Oxygen Toxicity; Determining and Relating Dosages in Protocal; Conditions and Protocals; Chamber equipment and accessories; Chamber Safety and much much more.  16 hours

Functional Hyperbaric Medicine: Mechanism of Oxygen – HMO- expands upon the information contained in the “Principles & Practice” medical program. The focus of this seminar is the expansion of the role of Oxygen in health, wellness, illness and healing by means of 27 Mechanisms of Oxygen. Additional topics include Oxygen Toxicity; Determining  and Relating Dosages in Protocols and Conditions and Establishing Protocols and much much more. 8 hours

The above courses are what is offered through ANDIHQ.

What you will experience during a “Hyperbaric Chamber Operator and Chamber Course”?

  • We will take you to see how some of the most professional Hyperbaric Chamber facilities are run. Plus you will be able to see the finest equipment being used here in Asia. The military is using a 6 person Double lock double entry hyperbaric chamber with additional Medical lock. (Depending on course location)
  • Visit one of the local hospitals to see a hyperbaric treatment using a mono-place SECHRIST chamber. This chamber is a very popular chamber used in hospitals for treating wounds of patients. (Depending on course location)
  • Visit a local “Commercial Diving” operation and operate one of their double lock chambers that are used during actual commercial diving operations. (Depending on course location)

WHAT TOPICS WILL BE COVERED DURING A “HYPERBARIC CHAMBER” OPERATOR AND TENDER COURSE

An Overview of Hyperbaric Therapy

  • What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
  • What is a Hyperbaric Chamber
  • The 5 Main Uses For Hyperbaric Chambers
  • How Does a Hyperbaric Chamber Work
  • A Short History of Hyperbaric Chamber Oxygen Therapy
  • How Does HBO Work??
  • What Can HBO do?
  • Currently Accepted Applications of HBO
  • Side Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

The Physics of Gases and Oxygen Patho-Physiology

  • Pressure
  • Pressure Effects
  • Gas Physics
  • Squeeze: Primary Effects of Pressure on Descent
  • Sinus Squeeze, Lung Squeeze, Tooth Squeeze, Intestinal Squeeze
  • Daltons law, Henrys Law, Charles Law
  • The Patho-physiology of Oxygen
  • The Oxygen Clock
  • CNS Oxygen Toxicity
  • Oxygen Life Support Ranges

Oxygen Handling and Safety Protocol

  • Oxygen General Properties
  • Terminology
  • Compatibility
  • Compatibility of Metals
  • Compatibility of Non Metals
  • Compatibility of O- rings
  • Compatibility of Lubricants
  • Oxygen – Clean
  • Oxygen Service
  • Oxygen Handling Hazard
  • Causes of Oxygen Fires
  • Fire Safety
  • Fire prevention
  • Oxygen Analysis Procedure
  • Gas purities

Hyperbaric Chamber Components

  • Low Pressure Compressors
  • Low Pressure Bank Systems
  • High Pressure Compressors
  • High Pressure Bank Systems
  • Gas Sampling Options
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Measuring Chamber volume – Determining Bank Tank Volume
  • Cylinder Considerations

Chamber Duties and Responsibilities

  • Chamber Operator and Tender Roles
  • Prior-Treatment
  • During Treatment
  • Post- Treatment
  • Emergency Procedures

Duties of Hyperbaric Staff

  • Steps to take when Emergency call comes in for DCI
  • Steps to take when Patient arrives on site
  • Patients Examination
  • Neurological examination
  • Briefing Patient prior to treatment
  • Role of Chamber staff during a emergency

Checklists

  • Dive Log Sheets
  • Check lists used before and after treatments

Chamber Treatments and Tables Used

  • U.S. Navy Table 5
  • U.S. Navy Table 6
  • U.S. Navy Table 9
  • Other countries’ treatments discussed

This is a list but not all of the topics….

…but should give you a good idea of how in-detail the chamber course will be..

Hyperbaric Chamber Operator – Equipment Specific

Trained to operate the specific Hyperbaric Chamber in accordance with ANDI’s procedures, manufacturer guidelines, local safety regulations and good protocol.

Breathing Gas Station Technician

Trained and Certified in the safe operation of the production equipment and to provide pre-mixed breathing gas into approved receivers, maintain filtration, storage vessels, install components, tubing and fittings and otherwise service the gas system in general. Not certified to perform gas blending or to perform Oxygen cleaning.

Breathing Gas Dispenser Technician

Trained in the safe operation of the Breathing Gas production equipment. Certified to provide pre-mixed breathing gas into approved receivers. Not certified to perform gas blending, Oxygen cleaning or system maintenance.