[abstract] HOPE IN THE FUTURE: BEGINNING, DEVELOPMENT AND PRESENT SITUATION OF HYPERBARIC MEDICINE IN BRAZIL.

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[abstract] HOPE IN THE FUTURE: BEGINNING, DEVELOPMENT AND PRESENT SITUATION OF HYPERBARIC MEDICINE IN BRAZIL.

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Title: [abstract] HOPE IN THE FUTURE: BEGINNING, DEVELOPMENT AND PRESENT SITUATION OF HYPERBARIC MEDICINE IN BRAZIL.
Author: Vinhaes, ENG; Bammann, RH
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Hyperbaric Medicine started in Brazil with Dr. Almeida’s original work in the 30’s. Civil engineering projects like the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and the Subway in Sao Paulo city and the training of Brazilian Navy physicians in diving medicine in the 70's opened the way to private hyperbaric medical facilities in the 80’s. The Brazilian Hyperbaric Medical Society (SBMH) was founded in 1983. Since then, the number of medical facilities has been increasing continuously throughout almost all the country. This study was conducted in order to organize and save the historical evolution of Hyperbaric Medicine in Brazil. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data was obtained from registers of established hyperbaric facilities, personal interview with some of the most experienced Brazilian hyperbaric physicians and from the active hyperbaric medical organizations in Brazil (SBMH, Divers Alert Network ñ DAN LA hotline, and UHMS Chapter Brazil). RESULTS: Actually there are 65 hyperbaric medical facilities in activity in Brazil - 56 privates / 9 militaries. Monoplace chambers are present in 48.1% while multiplace chambers are in 51,9% of these facilities. The SBMH has 200 members and the UHMS Chapter Brazil has 53. Three National Medical Congresses, 4 regional meetings and 2 forums on safety and quality in hyperbaric medicine were conducted until today. An officially approved list of accepted conditions for hyperbaric treatment maintain the minimal quality of medical care. There are 4 regular courses: one Brazilian Navy (31st), one DAN (4th), one SBMH (12th) and one UHMS approved (3rd) on undersea and hyperbaric medicine. CONCLUSIONS: Hyperbaric Medicine is an established medical treatment in Brazil. It’s history and actual situation in Brazil may help other countries in Latin America to develop a safe and solid model on Hyperbaric Medicine.
Description: Abstract of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. Annual Scientific Meeting held June 14-16, 2007. Ritz-Carlton Kapalua Maui, Hawaii (http:www.uhms.org)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/5166
Date: 2007

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