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    6 steps for a practice-based laser safety program




    #4 Policy criteria

    Develop policy criteria for authorized and credentialed laser and device practitioners.

    Practices that offer lasers and energy devices need to have onsite policies and procedures for anyone working with the devices. Among those polices, a facility protocol needs to be established for credentialing of all users that are trained and licensed to utilize the devices. Education and training can include: In-house courses from manufacturers, preceptorships, attending national workshops or seminars, doing additional reading, or participating in online webinars or e-learning modules, according to Owens. 

    “All educational undertakings should be documented along with yearly skill reviews and competency-based evaluations. The objective is to not only demonstrate competency in the user’s knowledge of safety policies and procedures, but also how they deliver safe medical treatment to patients,” she says.

    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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