Medical Laser Safety Officer Training
This course is designed in accordance with the NEWEST version ANSI Z136.3 – 2018 Standards, Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care, as well as the Canadian Safety Standards Z386-14 & Z305.13-13 – Plume scavenging in surgical, diagnostic, therapeutic, and aesthetic settings. This course will provide operating room personnel with a foundation of laser biophysics, tissue interaction, and safety. Technical aspects as well as established practices and safety protocols will be reviewed on the multi-wavelength lasers.
It is essential to develop, implement and maintain a laser safety program to prevent laser-related accidents. Our goal at CLS is to help Laser Safety Officers create programs that meet and exceed all government requirements and all ANSI & CSA standards.
This course will prepare the student for their role as Medical Laser Safety Officer (MLSO) and is designed to address specifics in laser safety and to give operating room personnel the knowledge and background they need to run a safe and successful program in a medical and health care environment.
For those of you who have taken a MLSO course in the past, now is the perfect time to update yourself with the newest standards.
Sample Course Agenda
8:30-9:00 Registration and Introduction
9:00-9:30 Introductions to Lasers & Light, the History of Lasers in Medicine
9:30-10:30 Fundamentals of Laser Science: Physics & Tissue Interaction
10:45-12:00 Fundamentals of Laser Science: Physics & Tissue Interaction cont’d
1:15-2:15 Laser Safety: AORN/ACORN Perioperative Standards & Practices, Administrative Protocols and Recommendations, Regulatory and Professional Organizations
2:30-4:00 Laser Safety: ANSI Z136.3 – 2018 Guidelines, Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care, as well as the Canadian Safety Standards Z386-14 – The Role of the LSO
8:30-10:30 Concepts of Laser Delivery Devices and Surgical procedures
10:45-12:30 Hazards of Surgical Plume
12:30-1:30 Anesthesia Protocols: Practice Guidelines for Head, Neck & Chest Procedures
1:30-2:00 Review & Summary – Adjournment
Upon completion of this course each participant should be able to:
- Discuss laser biophysics and tissue interactions.
- List the safety standards according to ANSI, CSA, Association of Perioperative Nurses, and the American Society for Lasers in Medicine & Surgery.
- Describe the essential steps that must be in place to ensure safety for patients and personnel.
- Describe the roles & responsibilities of the healthcare professional using laser.
- List 3 precautions taken for upper airway laser procedures.