Official Sheriff’s Hyperbaric Explosion Report

CASE CLOSED?????

Below is the official Marion County Sheriff’s Report of the incident.  Included in the report is the cause of death (blunt force and thermal injuries).  The manner of death was accidental explosion.

Interesting enough, a comment made in the official report by another “tech” at a similar facility nearby states “THAT THERE REALLY IS NO CERTIFICATION TO ENABLE SOMEONE TO RUN SUCH A CHAMBER” (Whoa!!!!, wrong!  The NBDHMT has a certification for that; CLICK HERE TO SEE IT).

The 2nd statement was:  BRENDA MCDUFFEE RUNS THE CHAMBER AT THIS FACILITY AND EXPLAINED THAT SHE HAD BEEN TRAINED IN TEXAS.   SHE STATED THAT THE TRAINING INVOLVED IS NOT SO MUCH AS TO HOW TO RUN THE CHAMBER, BUT MORE OF THE EFFECTS OF THE CHAMBER ON THE HORSES. WHEN QUESTIONED AS TO STANDARD PROTOCOLS REFERENCE THE CHAMBER, SHE TOLD WRITER THAT THERE ARE NONE; HOWEVER AT THE FACILITY WHERE SHE WORKS THEY HAVE INITIATED THEIR OWN PROTOCOL THAT LISTS MEASURES TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THE HORSE AS WELL AS THE OPERATOR.

There are no standard protocols? Hmmm. I know that there are some NFPA requirements for Class C chambers.  Time will tell I am sure.

UPDATE:  In a press interview McDuffee stated: “The hyperbaric community is relatively small, we’re all very well connected and everyone keeps up on all the safety protocols,” said McDuffee of The Sanctuary. “This is probably the most safety minded piece of equipment that anyone running these type of chambers does. The protocol books are huge.”  Here is that press interview.

MY QUESTION IS: Are there protocols or not????

MARION COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICIAL FULL REPORT ON HYPERBARIC EXPLOSION

Still No Oversight Of Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers?

In a published article back in Oct 2011 (phillyburbs.com), the author pointed out some very interesting things regarding the lack of regulations that are governing hyperbaric facilities, especially those not in a hospital setting. It is great to see that Tom Workman is still pushing for UHMS accreditation of hyperbaric facilities in and out of hospital settings (albeit, it is still seen as cost prohibitive by some hospital and free-standing centers). I believe that this accreditation is important and should be supported 100%.

In a very short span of three years, the hyperbaric community has suffered several accidents that have resulted in deaths unlike ever seen before in the United States. It is becoming apparent that either complacency, lack of training, lack of safety procedures, and quite possibly lack of luck combined with the exponential increase in hyperbaric chamber usage in the US as well as a lax regulatory system is causing more and more unfortunate hyperbaric events. The most unfortunate part of it is that these were not plastic gammow bag chambers – these accidents were solid hyperbaric chambers.

I do not understand why people want to “Bury” this negative smear on the “oh so perfect hyperbaric safety record” that we have enjoyed up to 2009. Shhh, keep it quiet and no one will pay us any attention and we can just continue to be complacent. Well there you have it, we have swept that 2009 accident under the rug and therefore NOTHING has changed. Unless we talk about it and contribute to increase and enforce the safety standards we will have more of these unfortunate events. I am sure even the “Good ol boys club” will agree with what I just said.

Take a look at RICHARD BARRY, CHT for example. Richard has been working tirelessly for almost 5 years (maybe more) that I know of to get some answers regarding flammability & materials testing inside the chamber in order to come up with a “NO FAIL” list of items including wound care dressings and supplies to MAKE HYPERBARICS SAFER! The UHMS committee that Richard oversees is called the UHMS Material testing Advisory Committee (MTAC) started in 2010 but Richard and I have discussed this at a very early stage (circa 2007 or so). Do you want to know how much the committee has to raise? $50k, and that’s just to start the process.

Now let us talk about how much he currently has raised in all this time, according to the Nov/Dec 2011 UHMS publication, Pressure – Richard has raised $14K. Surely we are a lot closer to the 50k mark but we sure are waaaaay off. More so than that, let us do some math and count the number of HBO chamber manufacturers and management companies around, surely each one can pony up $1,500.00 each right? Why haven’t they? Let us count how many hospital programs there are out there (last estimates were 1,000 hospital HBOT programs in the US right?), that would mean that each hospital program has to pony up $36.00 each (or 1/3 of a Medicare segment for HBOT).

Wake-up hyperbaric people, it is time to do your part and participate in “OUR OWN SAFETY” as well as those that we treat. No more willy-nilly fly-by-night operations, no more short cuts. Get accredited, give back to your profession, do it right the first time, and support the UHMS MTAC by sending a check to:

Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society

Re: Material Testing MTAC

21 West Colony Place, Suite 200

Durham, NC 27705 USA

I wish there was an easier way such as sending the money via PayPal – Richard please let me know if this is possible.

Sechrist Hyperbaric Chamber SECRETS Revealed!

With the permission of Sechrist I was able to tour, film,  & photograph the facility as part of an introduction to hyperbaric medicine course held in Redondo Beach, CA by Paradigm Medical Management (This was a first for me to have a tour of a hyperbaric chamber manufacturer on the first day of the course – which by the way was highly successful course that had 50 attendees).

The Sechrist plant in Anaheim, CA is one impressive machine!  If you are involved in hyperbaric medicine you have to see this place.  It is run like a tight ship with a focus on quality and safety.  Even more impressive is that they manufacture their own acrylic cylinders in-house (only two manufacturers in the world do this, Sechrist happens to be one of them).  We were able to see the step-by-step process of making the acrylic cylinders, the making of the metal parts of the chamber from raw materials, the electronics and the pneumatics, all the way to the final assembly of the hyperbaric chambers.  The Sechrist chambers now also come in different colors like white, Sechrist blue (standard), and I believe I also saw Green.  I hope you enjoy the photos.  For more information on Sechrist Chambers or the company visit www.sechristusa.com


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEOS:

SECHRIST CHAMBER ACRYLIC BEING POLISHED 1

SECHRIST CHAMBER ACRYLIC BEING POLISHED 2

HBOTECHBLOG.COM Will Go Subcription Only Soon!

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HBOTECHBLOG.COM will be going to subcription only very soon.  If you are currently subscribed to this blog please inform all your hyperbaric colleagues that they have to subscribe to the blog in order to access the information.  It is all FREE and there is nothing to pay. 

To subscribe to the blog go to: www.hbotechblog.com and on the top left of your screen under “Email Subscription to” type in your email address and click “Subscribe”.  It’s that easy.

Wound Expert: 1st In Wound Care to Acheive EHR Distinction!

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FROM WOUND EXPERT WEBSITE: 6/6/2011 12:00 AM

We are pleased to announce that WoundExpert is the first wound care-focused software to receive Meaningful Use certification! We are committed to helping eligible providers demonstrate Meaningful Use to earn stimulus funding. Look for information in the coming weeks about webinars on how WoundExpert supports Meaningful Use. For more information visit http://www.woundexpert.com/Solutions/meaningfulUse.asp

Our big Congratulations to Wound Expert!!!

Many thanks to those that participated in Operation Neptune’s Spear!!!

Operation Neptune's Spear

I know this post has nothing to do with hyperbaric medicine but I would like to give a big thank you to those that participated in Operation Neptune’s Spear.  It is folks like this that help us all sleep better at night.  Knowing that they are out there risking their lives and doing what has to be done in order to keep us safe is a tough job and we as Americans definitely appreciate the sacrifices they make daily.

Sneek Peek: Wound Care & Hyperbaric Magazine (Sept 2010)


For those that have not yet subscribed to the new Wound Care & Hyperbaric Magazine, you are losing out on a lot of extremely helpful information in the field of wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Today things change very fast and keeping up with the latest information is definitely the ONLY key to success. In an environment where the patients and their families are now “googling” everything regarding their health, you have no choice but to KEEP UP. Imagine these scenarios;

1. A patients’ son used Google to research Central Retinal Artery Occlusion and knew more about the treatment protocol (time, duration, and depth) than the consulting physician and HBO tech – How embarassing huh? Of course you cannot believe everything you read online, but this kid had referrences and article print outs of the protocols.
2. A patient herself found a safety article on HBOT online and read that she should not be wearing certain make-up and jewelry in the chamber and she was never informed by the HBO techs about this. She leaves the HBO center and ends up in a hospital HBO center because she felt safer.

Just imagine how much research you would do when buying a car, house, or an electronic item – multiply that by a hundred. This is how serious patients are about their health nowadays. Would you just sit there and let time pass you by until a patient or family member schools you in areas within your own field? I would be embarrassed.

I have noticed that there are a lot of “SLACKERS” in the field of hyperbaric medicine. I use the term heavily not lightly – because I mean it. These are folks that hit the cieling, the comfortable ones in their positions that just let time fly, the ones that cannot keep up with the ever-changing world of information; these are the ones who embarass themselves, their co-workers, and their bosses by not being on the up-on-up with their field. The folks that sit there and answer “I DON’T KNOW” to every question asked of them – YOU ARE EMBARRASSING TO THE FIELD! When you face a knowlegeable patient I would love to photograph your reaction – because it will be priceless. This is the moment that they realize they have been left behind.

My advice: Get involved. Don’t be scared. Speak up. And most important – GET MOTIVATED to continue learning. I apologize for the rant but I know that it is needed.

HERE IS THE SNEEK PEEK OF THE LATEST WOUND CARE AND HYPERBARIC MAGAZINE ARTICLES