I want to welcome those that have visited this site, if this is your first time on HBO tech blog I would like to personally welcome you and introduce you to a couple of things this site is meant to accomplish:

1. An open and honest forum focusing on HBO safety and operational issues HBO techs run into on a daily basis.

2. Discussions on current HBO events, news, tips and tricks, and shared experiences in the field of Hyperbaric Medicine.

3. Learn about reimbursement and the latest news regarding HBO reimbursement.

On this blog, your past and current experiences discussed can help current and future HBO techs in their own professional growth. Again, welcome and thank you for keeping an open mind for the betterment of your fellow HBO techs.

HBO techs are the lifeblood of the hyperbaric industry and without them the wheels just fall off the cart and everything comes to a grinding halt – ok that’s a bit over the top – but really think about it, we do a lot in our jobs, we look out for our fellow staff members and patients on a daily basis, the higher-ups and physicians are reliant on us to keep the department and the chambers in good working order as well as to run all HBO operations safely, provide excellent charting, assist in the process to qualify Hyperbaric patients, prevent patients from taking prohibited items into the chamber, keep up with our clinical knowledge and education and at times deal with insurance and payor denials.

In the 15 years I have been in the hyperbaric industry, from free-standing (non-hospital facilities), to hospital based clinical hyperbaric centers I have not seen a single 1 source of information sharing website or publication for HBO technicians where everyone can share their experiences with safety, operations, equipment as well as the latest news about the hyperbaric field that we chose to be in. In today’s information age, people are hungry for answers in real time.

I decided to create this blog because of my own quest for information. You either had to know someone or pay a yearly fee as a member of some association/s who I would honestly have to say have not done enough for the Hyperbaric Technicians in the community. After learning about hyperbarics, interning for 480 hours and alas getting certified as a CHT as well as attending a safety directors course there really is not anything else out there for the technicians to learn from or act as a resource for information. Some would argue that you have learned all you can by attending all the hyperbaric training and going thru the process of Certification – but that is not a true statement, in fact the reverse is true. You learn something new everyday. This is the way I think on a daily basis and so should you, this is part of your professional growth.

I hope you find this site is helpful and thank you to those that have opened their minds and taken the time out to visit us and experience a new way of information sharing, and of course your valuable comments are always welcome.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This site is a non-profit educational and friendly information sharing site for all hyperbaric techs, nurses, physicians, supervisors, safety directors, and administrators. Pushing agendas for any companies or manufacturers whether large or small in the hyperbaric industry or wound care industry are not going to be tolerated on this site. This site is for ALL of us in the industry. I put this site together to help our fellow techs in the trenches no matter who they work for or where they work. Please do not be afraid to participate in the discussions, your identity can and will remain anonymous.

Roque Wicker


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  1. Hi Roque,
    Looking for resources for continuing ed HBOT cat A credits that don’t require any travel arrangements…Do you know of any that you would recommend?
    Also, how many centers are using air breaks?
    Can you tell me if employers pay for re-certification of HBOT techs?
    Thanks a lot, Roque! Great website!

    • Michelle,

      There is a site called http://www.webcme.net. Physicians can get credits by doing courses online.

      As far as airbreaks, I am unsure how many centers are using airbreaks – although it is becoming a standard nowadays. I have a center in Bakersfield, CA that has one chamber rigged with airbreak capabilities just in case we need it.

      For re-certifications it all depends who the HBO tech is working for. Most do pay for the initial certification but not the re-certification. It is the responsibility of the tech (just like any RN or LVN) to keep up the certification. Moreso than that, the techs are also responsible for keeping up their allied health care certification i.e EMT etc..



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    Early bird registration is available until May 1st.

  3. Roque,
    Thank you for your work on this blog and your responsible approach. while I will have a few comments on subjects as time goes by- I was very interested in your choices for your blog Masthead artwork. I know them well and thought your readers might be interested.

    The wetpot chamber cross-section is actually the old USNavy fist class school and experimental diving unit chambers for the Washington DC school before the EDU moved to Panama City

    I bought several of these systems for scrap and re-installed them in City Island NY.

    They formed the chambers known as the North American Hyperbaric Center and Professional Diving School of NY – owned by Andre Galerne of International Underwater Contractors

    The chambers were operational from 1980 thru about 1997. They served as The first NYC EMS center for carbon monoxide treatment and DAN diver treatments. The chambers were also used by us in a contract for NOAA

    we used them to simulate underwater habitat manned experiments and prove Repetitive excursions tables developed by Bill Hamilton, Dave Kenyon and myself.

    Transfer-under-Pressure Rescue System
    The drawing of the deck chamber with the one- man chamber mated to it is actually a drawing from my patent for a rail system and metering device for the North Sea transfer under pressure rescue system – another funded system by Andre Galerne that he and I designed.

    the chambers were made of Titanium and were designed to fitb within a Sikorsky S-61N helicopter and was flown out to a drilling rig where we would transport an injured diver, under pressure, back to a shore-based hospital chamber- they were first installed in Dundee, then Aberdeen, Scotland.

    Thanks for all your good work and allowing me to pass on some important HBO history- also a nice trip down memory lane for me- keep up the good work.


    Glenn Butler, CHT-012
    Life support Technologies group

    • Glenn,

      Thank you for the kind words! I was fascinated by how the old systems were developed (quite an engineering feat even by today’s standards). I believe I got these images from the US patent office and rendered them. It was done as a dedication to the history of HBOT as well as diving.

      I appreciate you following the blog!


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