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 What We Do

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy uses 100 percent oxygen, administered at an increased atmospheric pressure. It increases the amount of oxygen that is carried by the blood, to areas of the body with compromised blood supply. Other effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy include growth of new vessels, optimization of  white blood cell function, and restoration of tissue metabolic balance.

Using a large, 8-person chamber, as well as three single person chambers, our unit offers:

  • Elective hyperbaric therapy
  • Urgent care hyperbaric therapy
  • Wound assessments
  • Transcutaneous oximetry

The Hyperbaric Medicine Unit follows treatment guidelines that have been established by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS).​

Conditions Treated

  • Acute thermal burn injury
  • Air or gas embolism
  • Arterial insufficiencies (central retinal artery occlusion; Enhancement of healing in selected problem wounds)
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning complicated by cyanide poisoning
  • Clostridial myositis and myonecrosis (gas gangrene)
  • Compromised grafts and flaps
  • Crush injury, compartment syndrome and other acute traumatic ischemias
  • Decompression sickness
  • Delayed radiation injury (soft tissue and bony necrosis)
  • Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (Approved on October 8, 2011, by the UHMS Board of Directors)
  • Intracranial abscess
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections
  • Osteomyelitis (refractory)
  • Severe anemia​​​​​​​​​​​​

How to Prepare

Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 60 minutes.​

Learn more about what you can expect when you have a clinic appointment.

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 Meet Our Team

Under the direction of the medical director, our Certified Hyperbaric Technologist® (CHT®)and Registered Respiratory Therapist will provide your hyperbaric treatment. The medical director and all staff physicians are from the Department of Anesthesia.

Medical Director: Dr. Rita Katznelson
Email: rita.katznelson@uhn.ca​
Phone: 416 340 4800 ext. 6273

Charge Therapist: Ray Janisse (ray.janisse@uhn.ca)

Administration Office: Sara Cibaj

Staff Physicians or Specialists


Our Staff Respiratory Therapists/Certified Hyperbaric Technologist® (CHT®) include

  • Julia Avrutski
  • Nicole Brown
  • Sarah Chan
  • Andrew Cheeatow
  • Jessica Davis
  • Jas Dhillon
  • Stephanie Dorner
  • Sean Doyle
  • Samira Fard
  • Tara Fowler
  • Philip Graham
  • Elise Greer
  • Laura Hadley
  • Ray Janisse
  • Peter Kruzyk
  • Christine Lao
  • Hei Man (Chris) Leung
  • Mike Long
  • Mary Rose Lynch
  • Julie Malone
  • Cassandra McBride
  • Megan Mihail
  • Martha Montano
  • Martin Necpal
  • Rebecca Patton
  • Aaron Rockman
  • Georgiana Roman-Sarita
  • George Saab
  • Kugan Sivaganeshan
  • Tiffany Tram
  • Mustafa Wahaj
  • Tina Yan
  • Jingli Yang


 Upcoming Courses

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Introductory Course in Hyperbaric Medicine

University Health Network – ​Toronto General Hospital is pleased to be offering a 40-hour introductory course in Hyperbaric Medicine.​

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Why should I take this course?
  • Approved by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) for 40 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for physicians
  • Recognized by the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT) as an approved introductory CHT® training course for 40 CME credits
  • Health care providers may pursue certification as a Certified Hyperbaric Technologist® (CHT®) with the NBDHMT after course completion and obtaining 480 hours of clinical placement
  • CHT® certification qualifying pathways include: Respiratory Therapist, Physician Assistant, Active Duty Military Corpsman, EMT/Paramedic, Registered Nurse or RPN, Nurse Practitioner and Physicians
  • Gain understanding of how Hyperbaric Therapy may benefit patients in a clinical environment
  • Faculty consists of UHN Hyperbaric Medicine Unit physicians, Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) and Certified Hyperbaric Technologists®
Who should take this course?​
  • Physicians, Surgeons, Residents, Fellows
  • Respiratory Therapist, Physician Assistant, Active Duty Military Corpsman, EMT/Paramedic, Registered Nurse or RPN, Nurse Practitioner

Upcoming Course Dates

Please note, due to the current pandemic situation, hospital restrictions and public health measures, we may be required to administer our courses virtually using online meeting software. We will continue to monitor the situation and make the necessary adjustments as required.

  • November 23 – 27, 2021: Online
  • March 29 – April 2, 2022
  • September 27 – October 1, 2022
  • March 28 – April 1, 2023
  • September 26 – 30, 2023
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Registration

Please download​ and complete ​the registration form​.
Chrome users: Please note that you will need to download and open this form using Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to save your data and submit via email. You will not be able to submit the form unless it has been downloaded.​

Registration deadline: For all courses, please register 1 month prior to the start date.
Payment by credit card (Visa, MC, AmEx) accepted.​​

Phone: 416 340 3598
Email:​  Hyperbaricmedicineunit@uhn.ca

Cost

UHN employees: $750.00
Non-UHN employees and external applicants: $1,250.00​


Course Objective

The UHN Introductory Course in Hyperbaric Medicine has been designed and approved by the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology to deliver the required training and competencies necessary to obtain certification as a hyperbaric technologist (CHT​®). Our course will also provide physicians who have an interest in Hyperbaric Medicine, entry-level education on the UHMS and Health Canada 14 approved indications for hyperbaric treatments, patient management, guidelines on the usage of appropriate treatment tables and hands-on clinical practice of these skills. Participants will gain knowledge on how to manage clinical chambers, understand technical and patient related emergencies during hyperbaric treatments, diving anatomy and physiology and the physics related to hyperbaric therapy. The UHN Introductory Course in Hyperbaric Medicine is a comprehensive course for participants interested in entering the practice of hyperbaric medicine.

Topics to be Covered
  • History of diving and hyperbaric chambers
  • Diving physics
  • UHMS-approved indications
  • Diving anatomy and physiology
  • Emergency medical management
  • Contraindications to hyperbaric therapy
  • Treatment tables
  • Patient management
  • ​And much more
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For more information about upcoming courses, please contact Sara Cibaj or Ray Janisse, RRT, CHT, Charge Therapist, Safety Director, Course Director.

Designation Statement: The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 40 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Full Disclosure Statement: All faculty members and planners participating in continuing medical education activities sponsored by University Health Network-Toronto General Hospital, Hyperbaric Medicine Unit are expected to disclose to the participants any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Full disclosure of faculty and planner relevant financial relationships will be made at the activity.

UHMS Disclaimer: The information provided at this CME activity is for Continuing Medical Education purposes only. The lecture content, statements or opinions expressed however, do not necessarily represent those of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), its affiliates or its employees.

Accreditation Statement: 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 Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and University Health Network-Toronto General Hospital, Hyperbaric Medicine Unit. The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.​​​​​​​​​