Certified hyperbaric technologists are responsible for monitoring and controlling the pressure within a hyperbaric chamber (a steel cylinder large enough to hold a human being), as well as cleanliness and maintaining the chamber's oxygen system. They are also responsible for maintaining patients' records, which include time and pressure information for each patient and chamber maintenance records.
Hyperbaric technologists must understand the physical laws that influence pressure and its relation to volume, temperature, pressure, and the effects of pressure on gases entering a patient's bloodstream. They must also be aware of the symptoms of various pressure-related injuries and illnesses which a person in recompression may suffer. The work is generally more physical than mental, and hyperbaric technicians typically work indoors in a safe and clean work environment. They are employed in many scientific areas, especially by large science corporations and their clients and customers.
Aspiring hyperbaric technologists should complete formal training in hyperbaric technology and take the CHT examination upon completion of a defined preceptorship period. Certified hyperbaric technologists typically work during regular weekly business hours.
Certified Hyperbaric Technologist Tasks
Report defective equipment to appropriate supervisors or staff.
Inspect, diagnose, maintain, and operate test setups and equipment to detect malfunctions.
Execute hyperbaric chamber treatment to patients suffering from disease, injury or illness.
Maintain records of patient treatments, inventory and equipment usage.