10/23/2013

Legal cases regarding laser surgeries are increasing, and they more frequently involve nurses, medical assistants, technicians, interns or other nonphysicians, a study in JAMA Dermatology found. "It certainly makes us consider the need for better supervision and training," said dermatologist Murad Alam, who was not involved with the study. Some states have loose or no restrictions on who can perform laser procedures, and the study procedures performed in nonmedical settings by nonphysicians may be more risky, study leader and dermatologist H. Ray Jalian said. The study has important implications for patient safety, according to a statement from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association.

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