#6 Commit to ongoing education and training
The last essential step in establishing a laser safety program pertains to education and training, Owens says. Cosmetic practice providers should have extensive knowledge of laser and energy-based device safety, with special emphasis not only on the technical aspects of the machine, but also bio-tissue responses, device physics, patient treatment protocols, treatment parameters, along with possible complications and medical surveillance in case an injury does occur.
“Compliance can be very overwhelming for the laser and energy based device user. Practice oversight by a trained medical physician or delegated mid-level provider is essential for a laser safety program. The user’s medical judgment and expertise is critical in the decision making for the safety of the patient and staff. In regard to present medical-legal standards and regulations, the principle hazard control always rests with the laser user,” she says. Â
Disclosure: Patti Owens is in the business of teaching laser and energy device safety.