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Suggested Outline for Specific Laser Courses

Category B 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

VII. Clinical summary of laser usage
     A. Discussion of basic pathology in the specialty
     B. Brief discussion of alternate methods of treatment and results
     C. Specific discussion of laser treatment and results
          1. Method of treatment
          2. Specific equipment and/or space requirements
          3. Long term results
          4. Pathological slides
          5. Indications, contraindications
          6. Follow-up care
          7. Results of treatment
          8. Side effects and complications
          9. Practice organization and management
          10. Financial and insurance considerations
          11. Malpractice considerations
          12. Record keeping including hazard documentation
          13. Forms, correspondence, office administration

VIII. Complete bibliography
     A. General bibliography for lasers in medicine and surgery
     B. Specific subject bibliography for the specialty

IX. Research concepts

X. Future developments

XI. Conclusion
     A. Self-graded post-test
     B. Course evaluation
     C. Certificate of attendance

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

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