Certificate of Mastery: Medical Laser Safety Officer
Apr. 27-28, 2024 | April 27: 9:00am – 4:30pm ET; April 28: 9:00 am – 2:30pm ET
Registration opens in January
Training for Medical Laser Safety Officers
Join AORN for a 1½-day virtual live advanced course for Medical Laser Safety Officers to ensure you have the most current information and tools to safeguard your colleagues and patients — and be successful in this important leadership role (11.5 CH/ 11.5 AEU).
Patient & Team Safety Depend on You
The use of medical lasers and types of laser equipment are expanding rapidly across surgical and procedural areas to improve precision and patient outcomes. As numbers of perioperative team members and patients exposed to lasers rise – so do the risks.
That’s why each facility that uses lasers is required to designate a Medical Laser Safety Officer (MLSO) trained in monitoring safe usage, defining the proper hazard control measures, and enforcing facility laser safety procedures.
Role of the MLSO
Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer and Instructor Vangie Dennis MSN, RN, CNOR, CMLSO will review specific duties and responsibilities of the MLSO outlined by the AORN Guideline for Laser Safety, ANSI standards, and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) – and enforced in the U.S. by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
- Helping prevent a variety of safety hazards, such as eye exposure, misaligned laser beams, use of unfamiliar equipment, and improper handling.
- Monitoring and enforcing compliance with safety policies.
- Implementing necessary control measures.
- Training staff on safety procedures and processes.
About this Course
Who Should Attend
Facility or office professionals who are designated leads for laser safety, have the title of Laser Safety Officer, and those who are moving into this role will benefit from this mastery course.
- Review and discuss laser tissue interaction and the science of laser physics.
- Describe the systems used to classify lasers and laser products according to the degree of hazard.
- Understand the guidelines and procedures required for the safe use of lasers in their practice.
- Learn other (non-radiation) hazards associated with lasers (i.e. electrical hazards, laser plume).
- Discuss the engineering, procedural and administrative controls based upon evaluation of potential hazards from laser radiation; unique problems related to operating rooms, outpatient clinics, mobile laser units, and private medical and dental offices.
- List several precautions taken for head, neck, and chest procedures utilizing energy sources.
- Describe the roles and responsibilities of the healthcare professionals utilizing lasers.
Certificate of Mastery: Medical Laser Safety Officer is presented by Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer & instructor Vangie Dennis MSN, RN, CNOR, CMLSO.
MSN, RN, CNOR, CMLSO
A former AORN Board President, Ms. Dennis works as Assistant Vice President for AnMed Health located in Anderson, South Carolina. She has been published and cited in several medical and nursing publications; was the expert reviewer of the 2011 & 2018 AORN Recommended Practices for Lasers; and authored the AORN Laser Study Guide, Module, and video.
Ms. Dennis also is an independent consultant who lectures on lasers and nursing practice nationally and internationally for AORN, Advanced Technology Specialty Assembly, American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery, The International Laser Safety Conference, Canadian Nurses Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists, MedSun CODA Conference, and Medical Societies and facilities.
- Foundations of Laser Physics and Safety – half-day, virtual live annual training course for periop teams that interact with lasers.
- Laser Safety for Perioperative Nurses – Certificate Program – online foundational laser safety course for those who prefer on-demand learning.
- Physica Medica Vol 52.1; Aug 2018; 95-96 [I256] A review of medical laser accidents: A simple burn to death by laser - ScienceDirect.