Hyperbaric technicians work primarily for medical facilities, such as hospitals and clinics, and may also work for companies which run diving operations. They are generally responsible for performing oxygen treatments, either through masks or in hyperbaric chambers.
Applicants must have CPR certification and be Registered Nurses (RN) or Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses (LVN/LPN) and certified in their states of employment, and other advanced medical certifications are highly beneficial. Hyperbaric technicians must have a specific certificate to administer oxygen to people who need it in high volumes. Aspiring hyperbaric technicians must take proctored exams at specific locations authorized by The National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHM), and many hospitals offer a hyperbaric medicine training course for hyperbaric technicians and other health care professionals. They should be comfortable working with other medical staff in a team environment, and they are usually supervised by physicians who administer hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).
Hyperbaric technicians must have thorough knowledge of oxygen masks, hyperbaric chambers, and gas systems, and be able to perform mathematical calculations and conversion factors necessary to test gas impurities, medical data reporting, and calibration of gas equipment. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are important in this position, and some may also be responsible for coaching and mentoring new or junior hyperbaric technicians.
Hyperbaric Technician Tasks
Execute hyperbaric chamber treatment to patients suffering from disease, injury or illness.
Maintain records of patient treatments, inventory and equipment usage.
Report defective equipment to appropriate supervisors or staff.
Inspect, diagnose, maintain, and operate test setups and equipment to detect malfunctions.