Webinar: COVID-19 & HBO: What We Know and What We Don't 

The worst pandemic in one hundred years has rapidly transformed lives across the globe. Social Distancing, masking for all and hand washing has become extremely important to prevent spread of the disease. Hyperbaric centers all around the world are wondering what are the best practices regarding chamber cleansing, social distancing, masking in monoplace and multiplace chambers during these times. The Panel members will discuss different issues related HBO treatment management during this pandemic. This webinar also seeks to separate fact from fiction based on the best available science and explain what we know and what we don't know about COVID-19 and HBO.

CME Credit:

Texas Medical Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Texas Medical Association and ACHM. The Texas Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHT Credit:

This program has been reviewed and approved by The National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology for 1 Category B Credit. 
Daphne Denham, MD has two private practices, in IL and ND. She got EMERGENCY/DISASTER privileges at a hospital in IOWA. All the patients treated are inpatient, and they are being treated in a HOSPITAL owned hyperbaric unit under IRB approval.

Kerry Thibodeaux, MD is Medical Director of The Wound Treatment Center, LLC located within Opelousas General Health System in Louisiana and all the patients treated are inpatient, and they are being treated in a Hospital owned hyperbaric unit under compassionate use/Offlabel care policy.

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Jayesh B. Shah, MD, MHA; ACHM President

Panel Members:

Daphne Denham, MD
Julio R. Garcia, BSN, ACHRN, FAPWCA
Helen B. Gelly, MD, FUHM
Paul G. Harch, MD
Marcus S. Speyrer, RN, CWS
Kerry Thibodeaux, MD, FACS, CWSP

Downloads & Materials:

Denham PowerPoint
Gelly PowerPoint
Speyrer & Thibodeaux PowerPoint
Synopsis of Conference Call
Synopsis of Webinar

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Speakers & Sessions

Jayesh B. Shah, MD, MHAis the President of South Texas Wound Associates, where he provides clinical wound care services in San Antonio since past 17 years; President of TIMEO2 Healing Concepts, LLC, which provides consulting and education services in wound care and hyperbaric medicine; Medical Director of Wound Healing Center at Northeast Baptist Hospital; Co-Medical Director of Mission Trail Baptist Wound Healing Center in San Antonio, Texas; current President of American College of Hyperbaric Medicine; current Board of Trustees Member of Texas Medical Association. Learn more about Dr. Shah.

Daphne Denham, MD is a General Surgery Specialist practicing wound care and concussion treatment with hyperbaric oxygen therapy in clinics in Northbrook Illinois and Fargo, North Dakota. Dr. Denham graduated with honors from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1993. Learn more about Dr. Denham.

Julio R. Garcia, BSN, ACHRN, FAPWCA started his career in medicine in 1984 as a 91B US Army Combat Medical Specialist. After six years of service in the US Army, he began his initial training in wound care at the University of South Alabama Medical Center. After his service in the war, Mr. Garcia completed his bachelor in science in nursing from the University of Mobile.  He furthered his training by specializing in Critical Care (Open Heart Recovery/SICU) Medicine and Emergency Medicine.  In 1996, he began his full-time career in hyperbaric medicine and wound care. Learn more about Julio R. Garcia, BSN, ACHRN, FAPWCA.

Helen B. Gelly, MD, FUHM is currently the Medical Director for Wound Care Education Partners, Hyperbaric Physicians of Georgia, and Chief Executive Officer of HyperbaRXs. She has been actively involved in billing and reimbursement issues for both facilities and physicians and is the co-chair for the UHMS Quality, Utilization, Authorization and Reimbursement Committee (QUARC). Learn more about Dr. Gelly.
Paul G. Harch, MD is an emergency medicine and hyperbaric medicine clinician who is Clinical Professor of Medicine, Section of Emergency Medicine, at LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans, and former director of the University Medical Center Hyperbaric Medicine Department and LSU Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship. Learn more about Dr. Harch.
Marcus S. Speyrer, RN, CWS is the Chief Operating Officer and Partner in The Wound Treatment Center, LLC @ Opelousas General Health System in Opelousas, LA. He is a Registered Nurse and Certified Wound Specialist. He has served on numerous advisory panels and is a consultant with 3M™/KCI and Organogenesis Speakers’ Bureau. Learn more about Marcus S. Speyrer, RN, CWS.  Learn more about Marcus S. Speyrer, RN, CWS.

Kerry Thibodeaux, MD, FACS, CWSP is a nationally recognized wound care advocate, is a Board Certified General Surgeon, Vascular Surgeon and Wound Care Specialist. Dr. Thibodeaux is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Since 1992, Dr. Thibodeaux has been in private practice specializing in General, Thoracic, Vascular, Endoscopic and Trauma Surgery in Opelousas, Louisiana. Learn more about Dr. Thibodeaux.