Mission: The International Board of Undersea Medicine (IBUM) exists to provide quality education to the diving, hyperbaric, and medical communities. We offer training and credentials consistent with the current standard of care in the field of diving and hyperbaric medicine. We are also an advocate and provide continuing education in the area of undersea and hyperbaric medicine as well as recompression chamber and facility maintenance ensuring that these services are available to all that would benefit from them. We further exist to be a resource for current information, utilizing our network of members who work in the field and serve as a platform for new ideas and concepts in the area of diving and hyperbaric medicine.
Vision: In its next decade of service, IBUM will lead the industry in sophisticated hyperbaric outpatient care facility establishment and maintenance certificates. We are all responsible for taking great care of our customers and ensuring their patients are in safer operational recompression chambers within adequate treatment facilities staffed with the most knowledgeable operations staff.
Ethos: At IBUM we recognize the value of every person as well as the healing potential of the hyperbaric environment. We are guided by our commitment to excellence and serving those in need. We demonstrate this by:
* Providing superior knowledge of hyperbaric facility maintenance and establishment criteria along with superb training in chamber operation as well as hyperbaric physician and clinical hyperbaric technician training.
* Provide seed funding for innovative treatment protocols with a staff of industry leading talent whose purpose is to cure the whole body.
* Building and maintaining a working environment where each person is well trained, valued, respected and has an opportunity for personal and professional growth
* Advancing excellence in outpatient health services education and care through the use of online continuing education.
By setting the highest standards in education, service, reliability, safety, concern and cost containment in the outpatient hyperbaric health care industry we will be able to fully realize our Mission, Vision and Ethos together.
Harry Whelan, M.D., CAPT U.S. Navy (ret) - Director of Research
Dick Rutkowski, Founder
Jeffrey Bertsch, CHT
Mario Caruso, DMT-A, CHT
Joseph Dituri, PhD (c), CDR U.S. Navy (ret)
Morgan Wells, Ph.D. was formally a member of our BOD who passed in 2017. His wisdom is missed! R.I.P. Dr. Wells and THANK YOU for your guidance.
I UNDERSTAND THE PURPOSE OF SIGNING THIS DOCUMENT IS TO EXEMPT AND RELEASE IBUM,INC., AS WELL AS MY INSTRUCTORS, AFFILIATED PERSONNEL, THE FACILITY THROUGH WHICH I RECEIVE MY INSTRUCTION, AND ALL OTHER INVOLVED PERSONNEL INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO OWNERS, EMPLOYEES, CREW, VOLUNTEERS, DESIGNEES, AGENTS, SPONSORS, AND ADVERTISERS (HEREINAFTER THE “RELEASED PARTIES”) AND TO HOLD THESE ENTITIES AND INDIVIDUALS HARMLESS FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY ARISING AS A RESULT OF ANY ACTS OR OMISSIONS ON THEIR PART, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ACTIVE OR PASSIVE NEGLIGENCE OR NEGLIGENCE OF ANY TYPE.
I understand that hyperbarics, is a potentially hazardous activity with inherent risks and dangers associated therewith including, but not limited to, training accidents, risks associated with equipment / chamber failure, as well as acts of anyone which could result in my serious injury or death. BY WAY OF MY SIGNATURE, I EXPRESSLY ASSUME ALL RISKS of the hyperbaric training I received and all associated risks (whether directly related to diving or not), whether these risks are specifically set forth or not. IT IS MY INTENTION TO RELEASE THE RELEASED PARTIES FOR ANYTHING THAT MAY HAPPEN TO ME WHICH RESULTS IN PERSONAL INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGE OR DEATH.
By my signature on this release, I hereby affirm that I have been advised and informed of the inherent hazards of hyperbaric activities. I understand that operating a recompression chamber and being responsible for others who are breathing compressed gas at pressure in a chamber involves inherent risks including, but not limited to, decompression injuries, embolism, oxygen toxicity, inert gas narcosis, and other barotrauma / hyperbaric injuries which can occur that require treatment in a recompression chamber or hospital. Nonetheless, I expressly wish to proceed with this training activity and assume all risks. I understand that I am signing this release, without modification or any other promises, in consideration of being permitted to enroll in this course and participate in the training activities.
IT IS MY EXPRESS INTENTION TO GIVE UP MY RIGHT TO SUE ALL INDIVIDUALS OR ENTITIES referred to herein ("the released parties") whether specifically named or not, from all liability arising as a consequence of any act or omission including, but not limited to, active or passive negligence of any type. I fully agree to indemnify and hold the released parties harmless from any and all liability for personal injury of any type, including wrongful death. I make this agreement on behalf of myself, my heirs and assigns. I expressly and contractually assume all risks in connection with hyperbaric activities whether directly related to diving or not. I understand and agree that it is my responsibility to make my family aware of the risks of injury or death from hyperbaric activities, that I accept these risks and choose to participate anyway. I hereby represent that I, or my estate, shall be liable in full for any claim brought on my behalf by my family, estate or heirs, arising from my injury or death while participating in activities.
BY WAY OF MY VOLUNTARY SIGNATURE, I AGREE THAT I HAVE FULLY READ AND UNDERSTAND THIS DOCUMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY. I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A LEGALLY BINDING CONTRACT NOT TO SUE.
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