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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Wound Dressings: Evaluating Fire Risk and Safety Standards

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Jeff Mize, RRT, CHT, UHMSADS
WoundReference, Chief Clinical Officer

Jeff is a Principal Partner with Midwest Hyperbaric LLC and the Co-founder/Chief Clinical Officer and Vice President of Business Development for Wound Reference. He has over 35 years of health care experience and has extensive experience in critical care as a Flight Respiratory Therapist/Paramedic for the Spirit of Kansas City Life Flight.

In 1993, he entered the field of hyperbaric medicine and wound care and served as the Program Director for 15 years in the region leading a 24/7 level 1 Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) accredited facility. As the Program Director, he continued to deliver patient care while providing oversight for all aspects of administrative, clinical, and daily operations within the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Facility.

Jeff is a Registered Respiratory Therapist, Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT) by the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology, and a Certified Wound Care Associate (CWCA) by the American Academy of Wound Management, and he trained as a UHMS Safety Director. 

Jeff has served on the UHMS Board of Directors, the UHMS Finance Committee, the UHMS Associates Council, and the UHMS Scientific Committee, is a UHMS Facility Accreditation Surveyor, and currently serves as an expert panelist for the UHMS Accreditation Support Forum.

Jeff is the 2010 recipient of the Gurnee Award that is presented to the “UHMS associate member in recognition of outstanding contributions or advances in the area of patient treatment and support in conjunction with the undersea or hyperbaric medicine field.”

Jeff is the 2013 recipient of the Paul C. Baker Award for Hyperbaric Oxygen Safety Excellence that recognizes a “UHMS Associate member for outstanding contributions to the advancement of safety in hyperbaric oxygen, particularly those who have implemented outstanding hyperbaric safety programs, authored safety publications, developed or presented on hyperbaric safety-related research”.

In 2020, Jeff received "The Associates Distinguished Service Award (UHMSADS). "This award is presented to individual Associate member of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society whose professional activities and standing are deemed to be exceptional and deserving of the highest recognition we can bestow upon them . . . who have demonstrated devotion and significant time and effort to the administrative, clinical, mechanical, physiological, safety, technical practice, and/or advancement of the hyperbaric community while achieving the highest level of expertise in their respective field. . . demonstrating the professionalism and ethical standards embodied in this recognition and in the UHMS mission.”


1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

Moderation by Alexis Padgett, Event Manager, WoundCon

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is an adjunct treatment approved for the management of chronic wounds. The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society is the scientific source for HBOT indications, and the Food and Drug Administration has approved HBOT use for various conditions. Given the risk of fire related to the use of 100% oxygen, HBOT facilities and clinicians need to know the acceptable threshold of dressing materials that are deemed safe to be inside the HBO chamber.