Course Prerequisites: You must meet these requirements prior to attendance
1) Accredited certificate of formal training as a medical laser safety officer, and/or a nationally recognized
CERTIFICATION as a medical laser safety officer.
2) A waiver will be required of each applicant acknowledging their own responsibility in understanding and
managing laser hazards and holding harmless the course and Professional Medical Education Association
from any potential injury. Regardless, safety issues will be discussed in detail.
NHZ & NOHD DISCUSSIONS WET-LAB EXERCISES MANAGING ACTUAL AIRWAY FIRES
Course Description & Purpose of Advanced MLSO training: Once a MLSO has obtained the required initial
LSO training in the theoretical and didactic training in maintaining a safe working environment with lasers,
they can then benefit with additional practical hands-on experience in this workshop with a wide variety of
medical laser systems to become more familiar with the characteristics of the various lasers and their
delivery systems, a consideration described in the ANSI Z136.3 standards as important to the LSO in
establishing Nominal Hazard Zones (NHZ). Familiarity with the operating characteristics and practical safety
considerations of each laser type enhances the MLSO's ability to make "informed judgments" (per ANSI)
about laser safety issues. Secondly, the MLSO will learn practical hands-on "inanimate" laser lab exercises
that the MLSO may teach to physician staff in their accreditation process to help them become more
knowledgeable about the effective control of laser energy with these various lasers and delivery devices,
separately from clinical procedure instruction and preceptorships. Such inanimate exercises are generally
an initial stage in physician credentialing in many physician credentialing programs. This is a two day
workshop. You'll receive at the course a summary of how to set up individual laser stations, including
suggested inanimate models to use, for inanimate lab training for physicians. Your workshop sessions will
essentially duplicate this for your hands-on. Regardless of whether you use this for training back in your
facility, these exercises help the LSO become much more familiar with the characteristics of the lasers
which is important for safety considerations.
For those that do not already hold an NCLC Medical Laser Safety Officer Certification (CLSO/M) we will
offer the Certification review and exam the morning of the third day, at no additional cost.
Lasers/Modalities used in the training: The Advanced Medical Laser Safety Officer workshop may include,
but not be limited to, hands-on practice with the following types of lasers/modalities:
1) CO2 lasers with collimated beams, handpieces, laparoscopes and microscopes with appropriate
inanimate models 2) CW Nd:Yag lasers to show fiber control and tissue effects 3) Ho:Yag lasers used with
models to teach coordination in stone fragmentation and effects in bone ablation, and review of the actual
measurements of the NHZ for these lasers 4) KTP lasers used on appropriate inanimate models 5)
Ophthalmic lasers for photocoagulation 6) Q-Switched Tattoo removal lasers including Nd:Yag, KTP and/or
Ruby on appropriate models 7) Airway laser safety practice and demonstrations including creating live
airway fires (inanimate model) and management steps taken in these emergencies 8) Practice with
coordination of applying aesthetic lasers such as Alexandrite or Nd:Yag and special safety precautions taken
around the bony orbit of the eye.
CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINKS FOR MORE INFO:
Look for the "Advanced" LSO course on the schedule
Gregory T Absten, CLSO/M - Executive Director Professional Medical Educ. Assn.
Dan Little, CLSO/M - Technical Director the Laser Training Institute
Jessica M Absten, CLSO/M - Administrative Assistant, Professional Medical Educ. Assn.