USING THE LASER
To initiate therapy, either total or if larger, for the first area, set the timer for 8 minutes. The Infrared Laser, at 810/830nm, is then held directly over the initial area to be treated, about 1/2 of an inch (~1.5 cm) above the skin surface. The delivery should be a slow wand-like waving motion. As the laser can get hot, keep in mind to frequently ask the patient if they are comfortable, or is there any warmth. A warm sensation is often best, depending on skin thickness. If heat is reported, back the device slightly away and repeat your question.
As this is a non-invasive, non-ablative therapy, the correct use of the laser should avoid adverse effects. An adverse effect here may be a very mild erythema with some transient mild warm sensation. As a reminder, however, the laser itself should be held no closer than .5 to 1 cm to the skin and not be held in one spot for more than a few seconds. The slow, wand-like waving motion is all that is needed.
This section is intended to identify situations in which the laser should not be used because the risk clearly outweighs the possible benefits. Laser use may be contraindicated, for example, when there are unacceptable risks to tissues adjacent to the target, such as critical nerves or vessels that could be irreversibly damaged by thermal or acoustic effects of the laser, when the patient has medical conditions which make the risks of using the laser unacceptable, or when some characteristic of the laser itself presents an unacceptable risk in some settings. There may be medical conditions which preclude the use of the laser and you should check with your doctor or healthcare professional. Do not use if pregnant. Finally, there may be unavoidable risks of fire or explosion if a laser were to be used. Contraindications may be general or may be limited to a specific surgical situation. There are no contraindications associated with use of this laser.
Safety & Compliance
Only personnel trained in the operation of the laser and laser safety should be permitted to operate the laser.
-- An individual certified in laser safety shall directly use the laser.
-- Any room can be used for treatment. We recommend no other persons, unless wearing safety glasses, shall be present during treatment.
-- Control the beam to prevent any misdirected beams or reflections.
-- Provide eye protection for patients for all personnel working in the laser controlled area.
-- Never look directly into the laser light source or at laser light scattered from reflective surfaces.
-- Avoid directing the treatment beam at highly reflective surfaces such as metal instruments.
-- Keep the protective cap over the laser portal when the device is not in use.
-- Do not use any device if you think it is not functioning properly.
-- There could be interference from other machines and nearby devices.