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Canadian Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Association Annual Scientific Meeting

Location: Health Science Centre, St. John's

Date: 3 - 6 October 2019


BLS/ACLS Refresher Course

Hyperbaric Emergency Procedures Course

All fees are inclusive of HST.

Registration Fees

$350.00Saturday - MD/PhD Early Bird Rate
$400.00Saturday - MD/PhD Early Bird Rate - Non-Member
$200.00Saturday - Associate Early Bird Rate
$250.00Saturday - Associate Early Bird Rate - Non-Member
$350.00Sunday - MD/PhD Early Bird Rate
$400.00Sunday - MD/PhD Early Bird Rate - Non-Member
$200.00Sunday - Associate Early Bird Rate
$250.00Sunday - Associate Early Bird Rate - Non-Member
$495.002-Day MD/PhD Early Bird Rate
$570.002-Day MD/PhD Early Bird Rate - Non-Member
$290.002-Day - Associate Early Bird Rate
$350.002-Day - Associate Early Bird Rate - Non-Member
Student Rate - Saturday
$80.00Student Rate - Sunday
$80.00Student Rate - 2-Day

Upon registration at the live event, students MUST provide a student ID in order to be eligible for the student rate.

Other Fees

2019-10-04 08:30

$50.00 - Yes, I am attending the Occupational Health Foxtrap Excursion

$0.00 - No, I am not attending the Occupational Health Foxtrap Excursion

Optional Fees

Would you like to purchase an additional ticket for the Friday evening reception?

$25.00 - Yes

$0.00 - No

Do you plan on attending the Saturday evening banquet?

$70.00 - Yes

$0.00 - No

Will you be bringing a guest to the Saturday evening banquet?

$70.00 - Yes

$0.00 - No

Program Agenda

Friday, October 4, 2019
8:30 AM
Occupational Health Foxtrap Excursion - Leaving St. John’s 0830 – returning by 1300
$50.00 - Yes, I am attending the Occupational Health Foxtrap Excursion
Session Learning Objectives:
  • Summarize the major risks associated with a helicopter ditching in a cold ocean environment
  • Discuss and compare the different methods and technologies used to help prevent drowning during helicopter underwater escape, including their limitations
  • Describe helicopter underwater escape training (HUET) and helicopter underwater emergency breathing apparatus (HUEBA).
  • Explain the biological mechanisms involved with immersion in cold water
  • Outline the methods to locate and rescue individuals from Atlantic Canadian ocean waters

  • $0.00 - No, I am not attending the Occupational Health Foxtrap Excursion
    5:30 PM
    Recreational Diving in Newfoundland (the Bell Island Mine Exploration)

    Presenter: Dr. Josh Briggs
    Session Learning Objectives:
  • Examine and outline current practices in recreational and technical diving in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Review changes in diving practices over the years in Newfoundland
  • Outline some of the risks in technical diving in Newfoundland

  • 6:00 PM
    History of Medicor/Ocean Ranger

    Presenter: Dr. Henry Manson
    Session Learning Objectives:
  • Reflect upon occupational influences and societal needs in Hyperbaric Medical Service development
  • Discuss initial indications for the development of MEDICOR
  • Review the history of Hyperbaric Medicine in Newfoundland

  • 6:30 PM
    Welcome Reception
    Atrium Foyer
    Cash bar, finger foods with sponsors
    8:00 AM
    Welcome to St. John’s

    Presenter: Dr. Geoff Zbitnew
    8:05 AM
    President’s Welcome Address

    Presenter: Dr. Jay MacDonald
    8:15 AM
    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy and the Eye

    Presenter: Dr. James Whelan
    Session Learning Objectives:
  • Review ocular indications for hyperbaric oxygen therapy, CRAO and branch occlusion
  • Describe what to assess when the hyperbaric patient complains of visual changes
  • Describe the Differential diagnoses and the referral process
  • Review of pathology of myopic shift and hbot

  • 9:00 AM
    Investigation of the Chronic Wound – What interventional radiology can do for you?

    Presenter: Dr. Ravindra Gullipalli
    Session Learning Objectives:
  • Review risks of interventional radiological procedures
  • Discuss indications and limitations of interventional radiological procedures in improving macrovascular flow
  • Review cases to see how intervention aided in wound closure

  • 9:30 AM
    Management of the Chronic Wound Patient – Plastic Surgeon’s Perspective

    Presenter: Dr. Donald Fitzpatrick
    Session Learning Objectives:
  • Review common surgical approaches to the chronic wound such as keystone flaps and when to skin graft
  • When to re-evaluate for failure to close i.e removal of sequestrum
  • Indications for negative suction dressings

  • 10:00 AM
    Exhibitor Nutrition break
    10:30 AM
    Emergency Planning: When things go wrong

    Presenter: Mr. Francois Burman
    Presenter: Mr. Rob Sheffield
    Session Learning Objectives:
  • Explain the purpose of emergency action plans (EAPs)
  • Identify the essential elements of an EAP
  • Identify typical chamber and medical emergency situations
  • Describe how to prepare the unit for the worst-case scenarios

  • 11:15 AM
    Critical Care in the Multiplace Chamber

    Presenter: Dr. Rita Katznelson
    Session Learning Objectives:
  • Describe chest tube management in the multiple environment
  • Discuss management of infusions/sedation/ventilation/inotropes in the mutiplace environment
  • Explain how to deal with cardiac arrest/arrythmias in the multiplace environment

  • 12:00 PM
    12:15 PM
    1:15 PM
    Review of recent literature in diving medicine

    Presenter: Dr. Neal Pollock
    Session Learning Objectives:
  • Critically appraise the recent diving medicine literature
  • Identify key sources for relevant information regarding diving and hyperbaric medicine.

  • 2:00 PM
    Original Research presentation
    2:15 PM
    Original Research presentation
    2:30 PM
    Original Research presentation
    2:45 PM
    Original Research presentation
    3:00 PM
    Exhibitor nutrition break
    3:30 PM
    Hyperbaric Mechanical Ventilation

    Presenter: Mr. Ray Janisse
    Session Learning Objectives:
  • Review current/historical options for ventilation
  • Outline any current supply issues affecting availability
  • Discuss physiologic differences compared to normobaric mechanical ventilation

  • 4:00 PM
    Mysteries of Wound dressings – what should I cover the wound with

    Presenter: Ms. April King
    Session Learning Objectives:
  • Describe wound dressing choices
  • Review what is safe for the hyperbaric environment
  • Identify when to choose certain dressings

  • 4:30 PM
    Closing Address
    Followed by Annual Business Meeting
    6:30 PM
    Annual Banquet at Johnson Geo Centre
    Screech in Ceremony Dr. Stephen Crummey
    8:00 AM
    Morning Address
    8:10 AM
    Investigating the patient with suspected osteomyelitis

    Presenter: Dr. Fraser Loveys
    Session Learning Objectives:
  • Review common radiologic findings in osteomyelitis.
  • Review different imaging modalities in investigating osteomyelitis
  • Discuss the limitations of different modalities in osteomyelitis.

  • 8:40 AM
    Orthotic Assessment and Intervention

    Presenter: Mr. Conrad Venter
    Session Learning Objectives:
  • Briefly explain the orthotic assessment process
  • Explain how pressure and shear forces negatively impact tissue integrity and contribute to problem wounds
  • Review orthotic design concepts and how they assist in pressure/shear force reduction

  • 9:25 AM
    Mountain Medicine and Altitude Sickness

    Presenter: Dr. Josh Briggs
    Session Learning Objectives:
  • Recognize the physiological adaptations to hypobaric hypoxia at high altitude.
  • Describe the main pathophysiological consequences of mal-adaptation.
  • Discuss the basics of altitude illness diagnosis and treatment.
  • Describe the physiological basis for high altitude training for athletic events.

  • 10:10 AM
    Exhibitor Nutrition break
    10:40 AM
    The evolution of diver protection

    Presenter: Dr. Neal Pollock
    Session Learning Objectives:
  • Review common and critical related to diving health and safety
  • Discuss the evolution of protections for diver safety
  • Describe research efforts to assess diver risk

  • 11:20 AM
    Original Research presentation
    11:35 AM
    Original Research presentation
    11:50 AM
    Original Research presentation
    12:05 PM
    1:05 PM

    Presenter: Mr. Robert Brown
    Session Learning Objectives:
  • Review physiologic implications of hypothermia in the diver
  • Review risks associated with hypothermia, including changes in cardiac function, motor control and cognition
  • Review mechanisms of thermogenesis
  • Review current knowledge of hypothermia

  • 1:50 PM
    Mass CO poisonings

    Presenter: Dr. Edwin Basil Redmond
    Presenter: Dr. Kenneth M. Ledez
    Session Learning Objectives:
  • Outline the typical sources, causes and circumstances leading to large groups being exposed to carbon monoxide
  • Discuss the published literature related to mass exposures to carbon monoxide
  • Describe the symptoms, signs, presentation and laboratory findings of large scale CO exposure
  • Provide an overview of hospital procedures in response to mass casualty situations
  • Outline effective approaches to the hyperbaric triage and management when multiple patients present with carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Describe outcomes and appropriate follow up of patients following mass CO exposures
  • Explain strategies to prevent carbon monoxide exposure of large groups of people

  • 2:30 PM
    Exhibitor nutrition break
    3:00 PM
    Interesting Cases in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine

    Presenter: Dr. Debbie Pestell
    Presenter: Dr. Geoff Zbitnew
    Session Learning Objectives:
  • Review cases of uncommon diving illness presentations
  • Discuss uncommon considerations in the hyperbaric oxygen treatment patient
  • Describe emerging considerations to review in patients for diving assessment and the hyperbaric environment

  • 4:00 PM
    Closing Address


    • Josh Briggs
    • Robert Brown
    • Francois Burman
    • Donald Fitzpatrick
    • Ravindra Gullipalli, MBBS, MRCS, FRCR

      Research Director
      Discipline of Radiology
      Faculty of Medicine, MUN

    • Ray Janisse
    • Rita Katznelson
    • April King, BN, NP

      Nurse Practitioner
      Surgery, Health Sciences Centre
      St John's, NL

    • Kenneth M. Ledez, M.B., Ch..B., Dundee, FRCPC

      Associate Professor of Anesthesia
      Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University

    • Fraser Loveys
    • Jay MacDonald
    • Henry Manson
    • Debbie Pestell
    • Neal Pollock
    • Edwin Basil Redmond
    • Rob Sheffield
    • Conrad Venter
    • James Whelan
    • Geoff Zbitnew, FRCPC

      Associate Professor
      Discipline of Anesthesia
      Faculty of Medicine, MUN


    Funds in support of this CME activity were provided as an educational grant to Memorial University. The funds were independently allocated and disbursed in accordance with current CMA guidelines. An educational grant to help support this program provided by:

    The Office of Professional Development (OPD), Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME), a subcommittee of the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS). This standard allows OPD to assign credits for educational activities based on the criteria established by The College of Family Physicians of Canada, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.