Description of Unit
The Hyperbaric Chamber is a HOD department consisting of one multi-place Hyperbaric Chamber and one patient exam room used for patient exams, patient work ups and performing Transcutaneous Oxygen Testing offering services Monday-Friday from 8:00-4:30. The Chamber is located on the 1st floor of the North Tower of UF Health Shands Hospital. The department is staffed with Registered Nurses (RN) and Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT). The RN is responsible pre-treatment for working ups, assessment, monitoring, and attending the patients inside the chamber during treatments, also, operating the chamber and supervising the treatments. The RRT is responsible for assisting with pre-treatment for working ups and assessments, monitoring, and attending the patients inside the chamber during treatments, also, operating the chamber and supervising the treatments.
Description of Patient Populations
The patient populations consist of in-patients and out-patients of all ages and acuity levels.
Nursing care is focused on patient assessment, pre- procedural prep, ECG monitoring, medication administration, patient comfort, procedural care, and observation of post procedure patients. Nurses utilize patient care protocols to deliver consistent, high quality care. Nursing activities also include IV insertion drips and IV fluid management. Respiratory management including pulse oximetry and oxygen therapy, neurological assessment, safety precautions and patient/family education and support.
The Medical Director is Board Certified in Family Medicine and is appointed by the Department Chair of Community Health and Family Medicine. The Family Medicine Division consists of attending physicians, fellows, and residents. The Unit is staffed with registered nurses and respiratory therapist. A lead tech and/or a charge nurse report to a clinical coordinator. The coordinator serves as the liaison to the Director of Cardiopulmonary Department and the Medical Director.