Alabama Medical Laser Laws

Alabama Medical Laser Laws & State Regulations

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Alabama Board of Medical Examiners: Use of lasers and other modalities affecting living tissue

Chapter 540-X-11. Guidelines for the Use of Lasers and Other Modalities Affecting Living Tissue

Designates Mid-Level Practitioners, Level 1 Delegates, and Level 2 Delegates; categorizes treatments as ablative or nonablative; defines energy source, direct physician supervision, and on-site supervision.

540-X-11-.03 Use of Lasers and Other Modalities Affecting Living Tissue in the Practice of Medicine.

(1) The use of lasers/pulsed light devices, or other energy source, chemical, or modality that affects living tissue, for the purpose of treating a physical disease, disorder, deformity or injury shall constitute the practice of medicine pursuant to Ala. Code §34-24-50.

(2) The use of lasers/pulsed light devices for non-ablative procedures cannot be delegated to Level 2 Delegates without the delegating/supervising physician being on-site and immediately available.

(3) The use of lasers/pulsed light devices or other energy devices for ablative procedures may only be performed by a physician.

(4) Electrocautery may be used by a Level 1 or Level 2 delegate under direct physician supervision.

Establishes guidelines on minimum education requirements for physicians and delegates, quality assurance, equipment safety, mandatory injury reporting, physician registration, and safe use of lasers

540-X-11-.05 Supervision.

Supervision by the delegating physician shall be considered adequate for purposes of this section if the physician is in compliance with this section and the physician:

(1) Ensures that patients are adequately informed and, prior to treatment, have signed consent forms that outline reasonably foreseeable side effects and complications which may result from the non-ablative treatment;

(2) Is responsible for the formulation or approval of a written protocol which meets the requirements of these rules and is responsible for any patient-specific deviation from the protocol;

(3) Reviews and signs, at least annually, the written protocol and any patient specific deviations from the protocol regarding care provided to a patient under the protocol on a schedule defined in the written protocol;

(4) Receives, on a schedule defined in the written protocol, a periodic status report on the patient, including any problems or complications encountered;

(5) Remains on-site for non-ablative treatments performed by delegates consistent with these rules and is immediately available for consultation, assistance and direction;

(6) Personally attends to, evaluates, and treats complications that arise; and

(7) Evaluates the technical skills of the delegate performing nonablative treatment by documenting and reviewing at least quarterly the delegate’s ability to perform the following:

(a) To properly operate the devices and provide safe and effective care; and

(b) To respond appropriately to complications and untoward effects of the procedures.