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RULE §375.5Hyperbaric Oxygen Guidelines

A podiatric physician shall be recognized and permitted to supervise and administer hyperbaric oxygen following the published recommendations of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. (UHMS) and within the credentials and bylaws of the hospital that operates the hyperbaric unit with the following stipulations:

  (1) A podiatric physician practicing hyperbaric oxygen must do so in a hospital setting.

  (2) The podiatric physician must, in addition, show evidence of attendance and successful completion of a hyperbaric medicine team training course that is recognized by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. That person may only utilize hyperbaric oxygen in the treatment of the foot and ankle as recognized by the Podiatric Medical Practice Act, Texas Occupations Code, §202.001, et seq. A person shall be regarded as practicing podiatric medicine within the meaning of this law and shall be deemed and construed to be a podiatric physician, who shall treat or offer to treat any disease or disorder, physical injury, or deformity, or ailment of the human foot by any system or method.

  (3) Prior to administering hyperbaric oxygen, a podiatric physician must have on file with the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners documentation certifying compliance with the above requirements.

  (4) Annual Renewal

    (A) HBO certificates shall be renewed annually by submitting a registration application, and paying a $25 fee to the Board by cashier's check or money order. All HBO certificates shall be renewed by January 31 of each calendar year.

    (B) If the annual registration fee is not received on or prior to the expiration date of the registration, the following penalty will be imposed:

      (i) one to 90 days late--$5.00 plus the annual registration fee;

      (ii) over 90 days late--registration may not be renewed. The person may obtain a new registration by complying with the requirements and procedures for obtaining an original certification.

    (C) Registrants shall inform the Board of any address change or change of hospital setting no later than 10 business days after the change is made.

  (5) When a certificate is issued, it must be clearly displayed in the office alongside the original license.

  (6) A copy of the published recommendations of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc., are available from the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners, P.O. Box 12216, Austin, Texas 78711-2216.

Source Note: The provisions of this §375.5 adopted to be effective July 5, 2006, 31 TexReg 5289

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