UHMS Welcomes the Brazilian Society for Hyperbaric Medicine as an Affiliate
The Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Hiperbárica (SBMH) recently became an Affiliate of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), joining a number of like-minded organizations in support of undersea and hyperbaric medicine. The SBMH application was granted unanimous approval at the November 12, 2016, meeting of the UHMS Board of Directors.
“We joined with UHMS during the preparation period for our biannual 7th Quality, Safety and Ethics Forum, which was held in São Paulo, this past October,” noted Dr. Iriano da Silva Alves of Rio de Janeiro. Alves, former SBMH president, is the spokesman for the organization. Dr. Fabrício Rech of Sao Paulo is the current president.
“It will be a great pleasure for the Brazilian hyperbaric community to be part of this very distinguished scientific institution,” Alves said.
Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) therapy has a long history in Brazil, beginning in 1934 with Professor Alvaro Ozório de Almeida (1882-1952), who published several papers in European medical journals on the use of HBO2 in treating leprosy, syphilis and gas gangrene. Brazilian Navy and civilian doctors founded the SBMH in February 1983 in Rio de Janeiro. After the installation of the first hyperbaric chamber in the main Brazilian Navy Hospital in Rio de Janeiro, the organization grew substantially. “Now we have around 180 clinical facilities in Brazil, and the SBMH has around 250 members,” Alves said.
As with U.S. chapters, UHMS affiliates have no application fee, and in line with the maxim of “think globally, act locally,” both share in the commitment to undersea and hyperbaric medicine in their respective locales.
“I am very excited to welcome the Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Hiperbárica to our ranks,” UHMS president Dr. Enoch Huang said, “and I look forward to jointly promoting the highest standards of patient care and safety for hyperbaric patients in Brazil.”
“I’m delighted to learn that you have been appointed as a UHMS Affiliate,” UHMS vice president Dr. Gerardo Bosco wrote to the SBMH. “Your society has just the right qualities and experience to support HBO2, with high standards in clinical practice, science and education. Welcome to the UHMS.”
Each affiliate is an independently run international society. There are some requirements that should be met to ensure that the affiliate has similar values and is of a certain size with respect to concurrent UHMS membership numbers.
All approved affiliate society members receive a 50% discount on UHMS dues while retaining full privileges within the society. Reciprocal discounts are not required of affiliates, but some societies may wish to extend similar benefits to UHMS members. Bosco is the board of directors representative for the affiliates.
The SBMH joins these distinguished organizations as a UHMS Affiliate:
- European Underwater and Baromedical Society (EUBS, http://www.eubs.org
- South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society (SPUMS), http://www.spums.org.au
- Canadian Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Association (CUHMA), https://cuhma.ca
About the UHMS
The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association of medical professionals dedicated to the practice of undersea and hyperbaric medicine. Its mission includes the following:
- to provide a forum for professional scientific communication in basic and applied research and patient treatment in hyperbaric medicine and undersea diving
- to promote cooperation between the life sciences and other disciplines with undersea diving activities and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- to provide a source of information and support in the clinical practice of hyperbaric medicine and stay abreast of legislative, legal and regulatory changes
- to develop and promote educational activities, symposia and workshops that improve the scientific knowledge of matters related to undersea exposures and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- to raise the quality of care across the spectrum of hyperbaric medicine by promoting high standards of patient care and operational safety through clinical hyperbaric facility accreditation