Decision Process to Assess Medical Equipment for Hyperbaric Use

Burman F, Sheffield R, Posey K

Decision Process to Assess Medical Equipment for Hyperbaric Use

Burman F, Sheffield R, Posey K

Journal of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society; Vol. 36, No. 2, Mar-Apr, 2009, pp. 137-144

There are very few items of medical equipment specifically designed for hyperbaric use; and little information is available about medical equipment already tested for hyperbaric use. Hyperbaricists are usually left to their own devices in making a determination about the safe and effective use of standard medical equipment in the hyperbaric setting. This article proposes a logical and systematic process to arrive at this determination. The process involves seven steps beginning with a need assessment and ending with endorsement by appropriate individuals. The discussion of decision steps includes identifying risk elements, compliance with safety standards, testing, and documentation.

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