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Suggested Reading and Informational Sources

We hope that these resources will help you and your physician make wise choices for your family and healthcare. A wealth of education can be found in these resources

(We will be updating these Reading Resources frequently)

This is dedicated to Dr. Paul Harch M.D. who encouraged us to learn, be educated and most of all for giving our children the chance to do the same. Thank you,

Susan and Patrick Rodriguez CHT, DMT, EMT.



Hyperbaric Medicine TODAY is first in the field of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to produce a Magazine with the type of integrity the public expects. Excellent informational source.

Hyperbaric Oxygenation, The Uncertain Miracle
Vance H. Trimble

  • This is a very rare book, hard to find. Once I started, I could not put it down!
  • The history of HBOT in the 60ís the hidden miracles, Kennedyís first born.
  • If you find this book, you will treasure it.
  • Quote From Author: ď The little known maverick medical treatment that has saved the lives of thousandís of peopleĒ Vance H. Trimble

Hyperacute Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Cerebral Ischemia
K.K. Jain, Prof., Dr. Med. James F. Toole, M.D.
Best Publishers Company, Az.

  • This is an excellent source, informational meeting in 1997, worlds best in Hyperbaric Medicine, K.K. Jain, Neubauer, Harch, James and others speak out on the use of HBOT in Cerebral ischemia.
Multiple Sclerosis: Simply The Truth
Dr. Philip James, M.D.
Best Publisher Company AZ.

  • New! Call Publisher for date
  • If you have a loved one with M.S., This will change the view of Treatment, the disease, and choices.

The Text Book of Hyperbaric Medicine, Vol. 1,2,3
K.K. Jain, M.D.
Hogrefe and Huber Publishers

  • Considered the Road map for every person who is in the field or receiving therapy. A must for every freestanding and Hospital based Center!

Drug Induced Neurological Disorders
K.K. Jain M.D.
Hogrefe and Huber Publishers

  • This includes over 5,000 never before seen. The Drug Companyís private studies.
  • Author, Professor, Physician, and Hyperbaric Expert, K.K. Jain
  • Honest, Frank and complete.
  • Be prepared to read this!

Taberís Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary
Clayton Lay Thomas, M.D. M.P.H.
F.A. Davis Company

  • This book is a must for layman to understand medical terms.
  • A must for every home and treatment center.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Dr Richard A. Neubauer, M.D.
Dr Morton Walker, D.P.M.
Avery Publishing Group

  • This book is affordable, easy to understand, and should be your first book, when considering the field or therapy!

Hyperbaric Oxygen Medicine Practice
(first and second edition)
Dr. Eric Kindwall, M.D.
Best Publishing. Company

  • Outstanding Photos, Kindwallís detail, expertise on HBOT, and critical care is the best in Hospital based, UHMS indications I have ever read.
  • If you have an opportunity, take a Course with Dr Kindwall.

Diving and Subaquatic Medicine,
Lowery and Pennefather

  • For Physics, diving, and the medicine that accompany the field.

The Merck Manual
( 15th edition)
Merck Sharp and Dohme Research Laboratories

  • Along with the cyclopedia, this is a must for every household, Medical Center, and involved patient.
  • This book should be in your library,

Physiological and Behavioral Aspects of Diving
Baruch Nevo and Stephen Breitstein
Best Publisher Company, Az.

Doran
Linda Scotson
G.P. Putmanís Sons, N.Y

  • This loving motherís courage will inspire you!
  • Give you hope and make you cry.

Medical Examination of Sports Scuba Divers
Alfred A. Bovem M.D., P.h.D.
Medical Seminars, Inc. TX

  • Dr Bovem gives details of the exam, and procedures. Combined with HBOT, underpressure medicine, complete explanations of contraindications.

Underwater Ear and Nose Care
Noel Roydhouse V.R.D.
Best Publisher Company, Az.

  • Understanding Ear Equalization is a must for every person, chamber operator, and Medical Personnel.
  • How and Why of middle ear squeeze, Sinus barotrauma, and dental barotrauma.
  • Explains completely treatment and options.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Otorhinolaryngology
Noriyuki Yanagita, M.D., Tsutomu Nakashima, M.D.
Karger Publishers, N.Y.

  • Latest procedures on Otorhinolaryngology medicine. Pictures of rare disorders, surgery and reconstruction.

What to do about your Brain Injured Child
Glenn Doman
Avery Publishing Company, N.Y.

  • I was very impressed with this book! However, they do not endorse the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at the same time as the procedures at the Institute.
  • We have found that using the two combined is an excellent source of PT, mental and the physical replacement of Oxygen, firing up idling neurons and the power of re- growth of new capillaries, which HBOT has.
  • Using some of the Physical therapy contained in this book stimulates the brain. I feel that parents have the right to combine therapies safely and all means of intervention must be applied.
  • We have time while the child is younger and the insult to the brain is new to help in everyway possible and that is the issue the only issue that matters.
  • This book is a very valuable resource to every clinic, parent, and caretaker.

Acquired Imuno Deficient Syndrome Underpressure
Michelle Reillo R.N.

  • I fully endorse this book as the first for understanding not only the AIDS virus, but also the entire virus scope and treatment with Hyperbaric Oxygen.
  • It explains the use of vitamins along with Hyperbaric Oxygen
  • Follows patients with medical history, blood tests, and duration of therapy.
  • I consider it a complete book and easy to follow.

Hyperbaric Facility Safety: A Practical Guide
Wilbur T. Workman

  • If you ever thought of setting up a Hyperbaric Oxygen Center, You must have this book!
  • Safety, Rules, Laws and Common sense is the key.
  • Attend a course on Hyperbaric Safety and read this book.

History of Hyperbaric Chambers
F.K. Gerhard Haux

  • Interesting history of the concept of pressurized chambers.
  • First attempts for both diving and health.
  • A must for the CHT and DMT exams.

20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors

May 13, 2002

How can you work with your doctors to get the appropriate health care?

  1. The single most important way you can help to prevent errors is to be an active member of your health care team. That means taking part in every decision about your health care. Research shows that patients who are more involved with their care tend to get better results. Some specific tips, based on the latest scientific evidence about what works best, follow.
  2. Make sure that all of your doctors know about every medicine you are taking. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, and dietary supplements such as vitamins and herbs. At least once a year, bring all of your medicines and supplements with you to your doctor. "Brown bagging" your medicines can help you and your doctor talk about them and find out if there are any problems. It can also help your doctor keep your records up to date, which can help you get better quality care.
  3. Make sure your doctor knows about any allergies and adverse reactions you have had to medicines. This can help you avoid getting a medicine that can harm you.
  4. When your doctor writes you a prescription, make sure you can read it. If you can't read your doctor's handwriting, your pharmacist might not be able to either.
  5. Ask for information about your medicines in terms you can understand both when your medicines are prescribed and when you receive them.
  6. What is the medicine for?
    How am I supposed to take it, and for how long?
    What side effects are likely?
    What do I do if they occur?
    Is this medicine safe to take with other medicines
    Alternatively, dietary supplements I am taking?
    What food, drink, or activities should I avoid while taking this medicine?

  7. When you pick up your medicine from the pharmacy, ask: Is this the medicine that my doctor prescribed? A study by the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences found that 88 percent of medicine errors involved the wrong drug or the wrong dose.
  8. If you have any questions about the directions on your medicine labels, ask. Medicine labels can be hard to understand. For example, ask if "four doses daily" means taking a dose every 6 hours around the clock or just during regular waking hours.
  9. Ask your pharmacist for the best device to measure your iquid medicine. Also, ask questions if you're not sure how to use it. Research shows that many people do not understand the right way to measure liquid medicines. For example, many use household teaspoons, which often do not hold a true teaspoon of liquid. Special devices, like marked syringes, help people to measure the right dose. Being told how to use the devices helps even more.
  10. Ask for written information about the side effects your medicine could cause. If you know what might happen, you will be better prepared if it does or, if something unexpected happens instead. That way, you can report the problem right away and get help before it gets worse. A study found that written information about medicines could help patients recognize problem side effects and then give that information to their doctor or pharmacist.
  11. If you have a choice, choose a hospital at which many patients have the procedure or surgery you need. Research shows that patients tend to have better results when they are treated in hospitals that have a great deal of experience with their condition.
  12. If you are in a hospital, consider asking all health care workers who have direct contact with you whether they have washed their hands. Hand washing is an important way to prevent the spread of infections in hospitals. Yet, it is not done regularly or thoroughly enough. A recent study found that when patients checked whether health care workers washed their hands, the workers washed their hands more often and used more soap.
  13. When you are being discharged from the hospital, ask your doctor to explain the treatment plan you will use at home. This includes learning about your medicines and finding out when you can get back to your regular activities. Research shows that at discharge time, doctors think their patients understand more than they really do about what they should or should not do when they return home.
  14. If you are having surgery, make sure that you, youíre doctor, and your surgeon all agree and are clear on exactly what will be done. Doing surgery at the wrong site (for example, operating on the left knee instead of the right) is rare. However, even once is too often. The good news is that wrong-site surgery is 100 percent preventable. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons urges its members to sign their initials directly on the site to be operated on before the surgery.
  15. Speak up if you have questions or concerns. You have a right to question anyone who is involved with your care.
  16. Make sure that someone, such as your personal doctor, is in charge of your care. This is especially important if you have many health problems or are in a hospital.
  17. Make sure that all health professionals involved in your care have important health information about you. Do not assume that everyone knows everything they need to.
  18. Ask a family member or friend to be there with you and to be your advocate (someone who can help get things done and speak up for you if you can't). Even if you think you don't need help now, you might need it later.
  19. Know that "more" is not always better. It is a good idea to find out why a test or treatment is needed and how it can help you. You could be better off without it.
  20. If you have a test, don't assume that no news is good news. Ask about the results. Request a copy of your results
  21. Learn about your condition and treatments by asking your doctor and nurse and by using other reliable sources.
"If you want to be a survivor you must take the time and energy to study, research, and actively take an active roll in your own health and healthcare."

Susan and Patrick Rodriguez C.H.T., E.M.T.
Parents of J.J., Susie, Danielle, and Renee
Grandparents to Adrian and Audrey
Founders of Rapid Recovery Hyperbarics, Inc.

The US Institute of Medicine has recently estimated that medical errors kill up to 98,000 Americans each year. Note this does not include pharmaceutical related deaths, which are of course so much higher than these figures. It would be difficult to find a patient killed by oxygen in a year However, of course there are plenty of deaths from lack of it.

Philip James M.D.
Wolfson Hyperbaric Medicine Unit
University of Dundee
Reference:
Washington National Academic Press, 2000.