Laser Training Institute
New state laws in Texas and Arizona require that operators of lasers undergo basic training in the use of non-ablative laser wavelengths, intense pulsed light, and radiofrequency devices. 'Texas requires 24 hours of training, and Arizona requires 40 hours,' according to Stan Dunavant, M. Ed. Admn, founder of the Laser Training Institute based in Dallas, TX. 'Dozens of states will follow,' says Dunavant.

The Laser Training Instuture was founded in late 2003 to address the growing demand for education and hands-on training which has been mandated by the State of Texas and others around the country. This series of comprehensive study, together with hands-on instruction, is spread over three-days to achieve the initial 24 hours of training the State of Texas has mandated. "Many practices are under the mistaken impression that the training they
receive from the manufacturer when they purchase their system will suffice for the training required by the state. That is not true,' says Dunavant.

Another key aspect of the ruling by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners (TSBME) is that each office where non-ablative devices are in use is required to have a documented Quality Assurance Program along with specific written protocols for each device used in the office. This plan must assure compliance with national standards, including administrative controls, procedures for conducting a safety audit, and systems for appropriate documentation. The plan must include:

? A mechanism to identify complications and untoward effects of treatments.

? A mechanism to review the adherence of physicians and technicians to standing medical orders and written protocols.

? A mechanism to monitor the quality of non-ablative treatments.

? A mechanism by which the findings of the quality assurance program are reviewed and incorporated into future standing delegation orders, standing medical orders, written protocols, and supervising responsibility.

? Ongoing training to improve the quality and performance of technicians.

Spas in Texas can purchase a Quality Assurance Protocol and Assessment Program as defined by the "The Texas State Board of Medical Examiners (TSBME) and have instruction on implementation within their practice.

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