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    6 steps for a practice-based laser safety program




    #3 Perform facility audits

    Facility audits are not meant to be punitive; rather, audits are an opportunity for enhancement of one’s clinical practice and the foundation of any quality assurance program. An audit is conducted using a systematic approach for assessment of lasers and energy based devices, staff knowledge and the associated physical area to address potential problems before they occur. It’s important to conduct the audits not only because they help to keep the practice safe for patients and staff, but also because OSHA and ANSI require audits, according to Owens.

    An executive summary outlining deficiencies found in the completed audit is then presented to the safety committee. The committee can propose corrective actions, new types of procedures and enhanced patient care measures. Any proposed recommendations or practice improvement actions will need to be initiated, evaluated and re-audited, according to Owens.

    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has written about health care, the science and business of medicine, fitness and wellness ...


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