||Summary: Performs duties under supervision of the Medical Director, Program Director, and/or Clinical Coordinator as appropriate for the program. Is responsible for the safe and effective operation of the hyperbaric chamber(s) and related support systems.
Is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance on the hyperbaric chamber(s) and related support systems.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Duties and responsibilities as described in the Chamber Technologist description.
• Must be in charge of all hyperbaric equipment.
• Should assume responsibility for the safe and effective operation and maintenance of the hyperbaric chamber(s) and related systems and ancillary components.
• Must work closely with facility management personnel and department medical personnel.
• Must make the necessary recommendations for departmental safety policies and incorporate new safety procedures as appropriate.
• Should serve on the hospital’s safety committee or environment of care committee.
• Must have the authority to restrict or remove any potentially hazardous supply or equipment items from the chamber.
• Should provide leadership and safety training to other hyperbaric facility personnel.
• Must be responsible for maintaining all facility safety-related standards as required by various licensing and regulatory agencies.
• Should support clinical hyperbaric facility accreditation.
• Ensures department compliance with NFPA 99, chapter 20, Hyperbaric Facilities and with unit safety policies and procedures.
• Reviews all department safety incidents, collects information regarding equipment/patient safety, reports relevant incidents to the staff, and periodically provides in-service training related to hyperbarics.
• Fosters a positive relationship between the department and local Fire Marshall, EMS Director, and Pressure Vessel Inspector, as appropriate for a given location.
• Works closely with the Medical, Program, and Nursing Directors to develop and annually review/revise department policies and procedures and operation and maintenance documents.
• Works closely with Program Director and DCS Safety Committee to coordinate and approve all hyperbaric chamber upgrades, modifications, and repairs to the hyperbaric system, including interactions with hospital maintenance personnel and outside contractors,
to ensure that all maintenance activities are done in accordance with appropriate safety standards. Ensures that the testing of all modifications is performed before manned pressurization.
• Evaluates hyperbaric chamber equipment/supplies used in the chamber and ensures that they meet all safety requirements before they are permitted inside the chamber.
• Maintains a safe environment in the hyperbaric facility for patients and staff and uses approved and recognized decompression procedures for all persons with a hyperbaric exposure to inert gases.
• Informs personnel of any special work conditions such as infection control, hazard control, and confined spaces.
• Conducts quarterly hyperbaric chamber fire safety drills which are tailored to improve staff response to emergency situations.
• Sets up a procedure to assist the Medical Director in reviewing and documenting safety-related events and discusses appropriate event with other to facilitate learning.
• Customer Service
• Attention to Detail
• Ability to follow through
• Multi-tasking needed
• Safety and Security
• Technical/functional Proficiency
• Technical/functional Knowledge
• Problem solving ability
• Sound judgment
• Good oral skills
• Ability to relax patients
• Good written communication skills
• High energy
• Interpersonal skills
High school diploma or general education degree (GED)
Wound Care Center chamber operators must be a healthcare professional actively certified or licensed in one of the following vocations to meet the minimum education and experience requirements. State or Local Rules may apply.
• Respiratory Therapist
• Military: Corpsman or Medical Services Specialist
• Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic
• Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, or Licensed Vocational Nurse
• Certified Hyperbaric Specialist
• Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse
• Certified or Registered Medical Assistant
• Certified Hyperbaric Technologist
• Certified Nursing Assistant
• Certified Hyperbaric Wound Specialist
• Physical Therapist or Physical Therapy Assistant
• Other allied healthcare professions as approved by the NBDHMT for certification eligibility
• Individuals who have successfully completed U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) hyperbaric training.
1. U.S. Navy, Army, or Coast Guard Diver (1st Class, 2nd Class or Master Diver designation). Does not include Scuba (only) Diver
2. U.S. Air Force Aerospace Physiology Specialist