[abstract]TRAINING STANDARDS FOR UNDERWATER AND HYPERBARIC MEDICINE IN TURKEY

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[abstract]TRAINING STANDARDS FOR UNDERWATER AND HYPERBARIC MEDICINE IN TURKEY

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Title: [abstract]TRAINING STANDARDS FOR UNDERWATER AND HYPERBARIC MEDICINE IN TURKEY
Author: Toklu AS; Yildiz S; Aktas S; Uzun G; Cimsit M
Abstract: Introduction/Background: Underwater and hyperbaric medicine (UHM) is a specialty approved by the Turkish Ministry of Health (TMH) since 1989. Recently TMH organized a workshop to set the training standards of all specialties in medicine and dentistry, according to the regulation issued in 2009. A commission consisting of UHM specialists have been working to finalize the training standards for the UHM specialty. Materials and methods: The records of the workshop for the training standards of the UHM specialty and the regulation concerning specialty training issued by the THM are reviewed for the paper. Results: Training for the UHM specialty can be given by the departments of UHM in training or university hospitals in Turkey. The training period was set as three years, including the rotations for a total of six moths at the clinics: anesthesia and reanimation; pulmonary diseases; infections disease; diabetes and endocrinology; and emergency medicine. The curriculum includes two main parts – diving medicine and hyperbaric medicine. The major titles under diving medicine are: fitness- to-dive examination; management of recompression therapy; decompression sickness; barotraumas; health problems related to increased partial pressure of breathing gases; hyperbaric arthralgia; dysbaric osteonecrosis; hypothermia and hyperthermia; near- drowning; problems due to hazardous marine life; motion sickness; underwater explosions; late effects of diving; diving emergencies; offshore medicine; legislation and regulations. The major titles under hyperbaric medicine are: managements of hyperbaric oxygen treatment; air embolism; CO poisoning and smoke inhalation; gas gangrene; necrotizing soft tissue infections; acute traumatic ischemias; thermal burns; compromised flaps or grafts; problem wounds; radionecrosis; chronic refractory osteomyelitis; acute osteomyelitis of skull and vertebrae; brain abscess; sudden hearing loss; anoxic encephalopathy; avascular necrosis; malignant otitis externa. Currently there are 38 physicians qualified as specialists and practicing UHM in Turkey. Summary/Conclusions: The field of UHM deserves to be a specialty and the developments of training and educational standards will be useful for the physicians who would like to deal with UHM.
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/10530
Date: 2012

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    This is a collection of the published abstracts from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) annual meetings.

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