There has been a general trend within the industry to provide end-users of laser devices with guidance on which drugs to avoid to minimise the possibility of drug-induced photosensitivity reactions. This guidance has often, in the opinion of the authors, been largely based on an inappropriately rigid interpretation of what data exists.
We all want to ensure that we are delivering the best quality, safe care. Treatments performed with lasers and light sources have some inherent risks. In the UK, legislation and standards exist to help protect us, and our patients, from these risks. Nobody would want to find themselves operating outside of these standards, especially if it resulted in unnecessary harm.
Sometimes it is difficult to know which standards apply to us in the NHS or private healthcare setting. Well, now there is no excuse! The following article, penned by BMLA members and world renowned experts Dr Godfrey Town and Dr Elizabeth Raymond Brown, is an easy to read and thorough overview of the current laser standards applicable in the UK.
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