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Suggested Outline for Specific Laser Courses

Category A Review


I. Introduction and welcome
     A. Self-graded pre-test

II. Fundamentals of lasers
     A. Electromagnetic spectrum
     B. Methods of production of laser light
     C. Special qualities of laser light
          1. Spatial beam characteristics
          2. Temporal beam characteristics
     D. Radiofrequency
     E. Ultrasound

III. Summary of laser effects on tissue

IV. Brief review of types of lasers, IPLs, radiofrequency devices, ultrasound, and alternative light sources, special characteristics, and clinical applications
     A. Vascular Lesion Devices
     B. Pigmented Lesion, Tattoo Removal Devices
     C. Non-Ablative Devices
     D. Hair Removal Devices
     E. Ablative Devices
     F. Skin Tightening Devices
     G. Fractionated Energy Delivery Devices
     H. Ultrasound Devices
     I.  Low Level Light Devices
     J. Other

V. Discussion of laser safety
     A. OSHA requirements
     B. Eye protection
     C. Thermal damage hazard prevention
     D. Special considerations for endotracheal anesthesia
     E. Limited access and posting of laser rooms
     F. OR laser safety principles and protocol
          1. Laser safety committee
          2. Proper training
          3. Limited access
          4. Warning sensors, emergency positive action cut-off switch
          5. Hazard reporting
          6. Laser journal documentation
          7. Malpractice considerations

VI. Installation and maintenance of laser systems
     A. Special requirements - electrical power, cooling (water/air)
     B. Routine maintenance
     C. Emergency maintenance

This revised outline represents the knowledge that is available to the Board of Directors of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc. as of April 3, 2008.
Reviewed by the Safety Awareness Committee in 2020

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc. is the world’s largest scientific organization dedicated to promoting research, education and high standards of clinical care in the field of medical laser applications. It provides a forum for the exchange of scientific information and participation in communicating the latest developments in laser medicine and surgery to clinicians, research investigators, government and regulatory agencies, and the public.

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