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PEP-3D - Medical Lasers – Types, Uses and Safety

Annapolis 4   13:00 - 15:00

PEP-3D.   Medical Lasers – Types, Uses and Safety DH Elder*, UCHealth

Abstract: Healthcare facilities may have a variety of lasers, including excimer lasers with ultraviolet wavelengths, diode lasers with different visible wavelengths and carbon dioxide lasers that emit in the infrared. They are used in many clinical settings, including ophthalmology and dermatology clinics, interventional radiology and cardiology, and the operating room. This course will introduce the most common medical laser systems, describe the treatments performed with each and provide the framework for a medical laser safety program that complies with the current the American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care (ANSI Z136.3) and the Recommended Practices for Laser Safety in Perioperative Practice Settings developed by the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses. Whether you need to develop a laser safety program for your institution, step into an existing program or are just curious about how lasers are used in medicine, this course has something for you.

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