Texas Health Dallas Hyperbaric Medicine Unit Achieves National Accreditation|
DALLAS — The Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine (IEEM), home to the largest Hyperbaric Medicine Unit in Dallas, was again deemed accredited with distinction from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). This signifies that the facility has achieved high performance measures in both patient care and safety.
The chamber, one of the largest in Texas, is designed to treat multiple patients simultaneously for chronic non-healing wounds, diabetic foot wounds, bone infections, radiation soft-tissue injuries and failing skin grafts or muscle flaps. The multiplace unit is also used to train military and civilian pilots on how to cope with low oxygen levels at high altitudes.
According to UHMS, only 13 percent of all hospital-based hyperbaric units in the country are nationally accredited. In addition, the IEEM unit is one of six in the country to offer an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) fellowship in hyperbaric medicine, in partnership with UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
“This designation emphasizes our commitment to provide a unique type of care to our patients at the highest level,” said Dr. Jeff Stone, medical and fellowship director of the Hyperbaric Medicine Unit at the IEEM, a joint program of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and UT Southwestern. “We are honored to be the only facility in North Texas to receive this distinction in the accreditation process.”
Stone was also recognized as a Fellow of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine by the UHMS Board of Directors. His selection was based on his expertise, practice and contribution to the field of hyperbaric medicine.
“I am pleased to have a leader, such as Dr. Stone, to continue the advancement our hyperbaric program,” said Dr. Benjamin Levine, director of the IEEM and a professor of medicine and cardiology at UT Southwestern. “His dedication to patient care and scientific research is a great benefit to our community.”
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