Reflection and Direct Eye Exposure Hazard
The system output beam contains visible and invisible laser radiation that is hazardous to the eye. Never stare into the CO2 laser beam or allow it to be reflected from any reflective surface- even rough metal can reflect the CO2 laser beam. As a precaution against accident exposure to the output beam or to its reflections, all personnel must use safety eyewear.
Never stare directly into the aiming beam. Also ensure that the aiming beam is not directed at anyone's eyes. Although this beam is low powered, direct exposure can be hazardous to eyes.
All personnel in the vicinity of the laser unit must use safety eyewear, and must ascertain that eyewear provide adequate protection from the 10.6 micron wavelength radiation. This is generally provided by most quality safety galss spectacles with side guards for protection from lateral exposure.
Safety eyewear is not required when viewing through a microscope, colposcope or endoscope, as the glass lenses of these instruments provide sufficient protection.
For enhanced patient safety, perform the following safety procedures:
1. Surround the surgical area with wet towels.
2. Make sure that safety eyewear is available to the patient, if conscious.
3. For facial surgery, completely cover the patients eyes with moistened eye pads.