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
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.