Laser Safety

March 24, 2020 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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Surgical lasers, when not used properly, may present significant risks to patients and staff. This Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) is designed to help risk managers and laser safety officers evaluate their facility's laser safety program and ensure that measures are in place to address safe equipment operation, proper use of protective equipment, fire prevention, education and training of laser operators and support staff, and credentialing of physicians who perform laser-based procedures.

This SAQ has been created to evaluate the use of surgical lasers. It can be adapted for laser use in dermatology, ophthalmology, and other nonsurgical applications. Healthcare Risk Control recommends that facilities, including all ambulatory settings where...

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