1. User is untrained.
This is pretty easy to prevent though isn’t it? We are constantly gobsmacked at how little some people value their own and their staff’s education. For a thousand bucks of educational investment you can save yourself a world of heartache and a lawsuit!
STEP 1: Do a laser course on light physics, laser safety, machines and regulation
STEP 2: Do a laser course and learn about how to do clinical treatments like hair reduction, resurfacing and rejuvenation, pigmentation, vascular conditions, PDT andtattoo removal
STEP 3: Love your machine(s) and get to know it intimately
STEP 4: Undertake some practical experience while under the guidance of a senior mentor
2. Wrong device was used
Here is why steps 1-4 are essential because if you are educated, trained and supervised you’re not going to use the wrong machine! This stuff up is akin to using the dishwasher to juice!
3. Poor quality devices
You may have noticed that we only collaborate with companies who are TGA approved. There’s a good reason why and why you should only buy a machine from a reputable manufacturer. They have the clinical research to support the clinical indications they are promoting which is a good start. Other reasons are they provide great device-specific training, revisit laser safety, give you protocols for treating different conditions and can help you if you need it. You can also rely on the labelling and manufacturing quality. Remember all the people in Queensland that got burnt in 2015 when the tattoo removal machine they were treated with was mislabelled and dodgy?
4. Medical information wasn’t provided by the patient
This is a reminder about taking a comprehensive health history at the initial consultation and as a matter of usual practice, asking the patient each and every time whether anything has changed with regard to their health or medicines.
5. Safety procedures weren’t followed
There’s no excuse for this one really. Work place health and safety is ingrained in law. Wearing the correct laser eyewear, fire safety plans and test patches are just a few examples of essential areas for laser safety.
Did you know that we are running a series of practical workshops? We have great Early Bird specials for the November workshops. Full details on our website www.bravuraeducation.com
1. Education and understanding of the machine
The client you are treating, and their safety is in your hands.