LIA’s comprehensive and convenient online course offers a faster option to learning the critical safety practices for using the CO2 laser in medical applications.

Laser Institute of America (LIA), the world leader in laser safety education, recently added the CO2 Medical Laser Safety Course to its growing selection of Web-based education programs. Developed specifically for nurses in the operating room, surgical technicians, and circulating nurses, this program will provide the foundation needed to practice optimal laser safety when working specifically with CO2 lasers.

The Carbon Dioxide laser (CO2) was one of the first gas lasers created, and remains as one of the most widely used high-power continuous wave lasers today. It is also one of the most popular lasers used for medical applications in operating rooms, ambulatory surgical centers and private practices.

“We designed the course to be both comprehensive and convenient. The Web-based format in combination with the shorter duration of the course makes it more accessible for busy medical professionals,” stated Gus Anibarro, LIA’s Education Director. “With a growing number of medical professionals using the CO2 laser in more surgical procedures, the demand for this specialized training continues to increase.”

The goal of the program is to provide a solid foundation in the safe use of lasers specifically in clinical and surgical applications. Students will have the opportunity to study laser biophysics and tissue interactions specifically for the CO2 laser, review laser safety standards from ANSI Z136.3 Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care Facilities and the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, review recommended practices for CO2 laser applications, and more.

“While this basic-level program is designed for medical staff without any prior laser safety training, we encourage advanced medical laser safety officers to take this course because it provides a comprehensive overview specific to the CO2 laser,” Mr. Anibarro added.

The CO2 Medical Laser Safety Course is available online and takes two hours to complete. Successful completion of the course will provide two contact hours.* For more information or to enroll, visit www.LaserInstitute.org.

*Contact hours are provided by the Laser Institute of America, provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 14801, for 2 contact hours