In an effort to give students a first-hand experience with lasers in the operating room, the
UHS first demonstrated a CO2 laser at a recent LIA course in
The CO2 demonstration laser was a big hit at the
"In the advanced course, we do hands-on skills validation training," Anibarro says. "We go into the operating room, suit up and fire the laser in tissue (meat and potatoes), and talk about the fine points of laser systems and different delivery systems. It illustrates and reinforces what we discussed in class. We had been using a laser rental company to provide wavelengths that medical course director
The broad range of laser wavelengths that UHS has available around the US makes them the ideal partner.
"I show course attendees basic concepts like what a collimated beam looks like, power density and exposure times -- I run down the basics of laser operation and do test firing or treatment beam demonstrations," says
The greater purpose of the demonstrations is to build awareness of the need for medical laser safety and the importance of the MLSO.
"There are only about 300 Certified MLSOs (in the US)," Gama notes, "and probably a lot more who are not certified. A very large percentage of the facilities I work with directly do not have any kind of training program or a MLSO. There are a lot of people who need to be trained and receive the kind of exposure our partnership with LIA offers."
Gama notes that
Anibarro explains that hospitals sometimes assume they can rely on the rental company's MLSO. "A lot of hospitals believe that the laser rental company is the Medical Laser Safety Officer, and that they will handle all laser safety in the operating room department," he says. "That is an unreliable assumption. Even if a facility is renting or borrowing surgical lasers instead of owning them, it is imperative that a facility have its own MLSO, or is outsourcing the position to a qualified organization, who is fulfilling the requirement of
LIA's next two-day MLSO course will be held
As the use of lasers continues to grow in both popularity and applications, so too will the growing demand for trained laser safety professionals. The mission of the
UHS, through their UHS Surgical Services business unit, gives surgeons and hospitals access to state-of-the-art mobile surgical equipment without the high cost of ownership and the risk of obsolescence. UHS operates from more than 80 offices throughout the U.S. and offers more than 1,000 pieces of mobile surgical equipment across virtually every specialty. Our experienced technicians are involved in more than 50,000 cases a year. For more information, please visit http://www.uhs.com.
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