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Minerva Anestesiologica 2001 October;67(10):713-25

language: English

Education and training in hyperbaric medicine. The Icelandic experience. An example of international scientific cooperation

Sallusti R., Ferraù S. *, Lozano Valdes A. *, Gonzales C. *, Jónsson M. **, Gullo A.

From the Depart­ment of Clin­i­cal Sci­enc­es, Sec­tion of Anes­the­sio­lo­gy, Inten­sive ­Care and ­Pain Clin­ic, Trieste Uni­ver­sity ­School of Med­i­cine, ­Trieste, Ita­ly
*Ser­vice of Hyper­bar­ic Med­i­cine and
**Depart­ment of Inter­nal Med­i­cine, Uni­ver­sity of Rey­kja­vik ­City Hos­pi­tal, Rey­kja­vik, Ice­land


The ­authors ­describe ­their expe­ri­ence in the prac­tice, edu­ca­tion and learn­ing in the ­field of hyper­bar­ic med­i­cine, fol­low­ing a pro­ject of inter­na­tion­al sci­en­tif­ic coop­er­a­tion, ­first in his­to­ry, ­between Ita­ly and Ice­land. As a ­result of ­this pro­ject, the ­first hyper­bar­ic facil­ity ­came ­into use in Ice­land in ­March 1993, initial­ly entire­ly run and eco­nom­i­cal­ly sup­port­ed by the Ital­ian ­side. ­Since 1997 the activ­ity has ­been entire­ly ­financed by Ice­land­ic Nation­al ­Health ­System ­with a spe­cial bud­get estab­lished ­each ­year accord­ing to an agree­ment ­between Ice­land­ic and Ital­ian ­Health Author­ities, leav­ing the med­i­cal and the eco­nom­i­cal man­age­ment of the Ser­vice to Ital­ian per­son­nel. Hyper­bar­ic med­i­cine is now a real­ity in the Ice­land­ic med­i­cal prac­tice. More­over, ­since 1994 ­young Ital­ian doc­tors ­from the Uni­ver­sity of ­Trieste, Ita­ly, ­enrolled in the ­School of Spe­cial­iza­tion in Anes­the­sia, Inten­sive ­Care, ­have ­received train­ing at the Ser­vice of Hyper­bar­ic Med­i­cine of the Uni­ver­sity of Rey­kja­vik ­City Hos­pi­tal, as ­part of ­their train­ing. The edu­ca­tion­al activ­ity, ­endorsed by the Ital­ian Min­is­try of Uni­ver­sity and ­Research, con­sists of a theo­ret­i­cal ­part and of a prac­ti­cal ­part of oper­a­tion­al assis­tance. At the end of his or her train­ing, the res­i­dent has a ­full knowl­edge of the indi­ca­tions for hyper­bar­ic oxy­gen ther­a­py (­HBOT) and of the relat­ed diag­nos­tic and ther­a­peu­tic pro­ce­dures, is auton­o­mous and is ­able to safe­ly oper­ate an hyper­bar­ic cham­ber. An ana­lyt­i­cal ­report of the activ­ity in ­year 2000 is ­also includ­ed.

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