Dr. Kay Ball Releases Revision of Lasers - The Perioperative Challenge Through Laser Institute of America

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Updated book edition caters to medical personnel and healthcare professionals in easy-to-understand chapters on laser technology and safety

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“Dr. Ball's book is an excellent read for medical personnel who are new to the use of lasers in medicine and wish to get a comprehensive understanding of lasers used in surgery and other areas outside of the OR. The book is written with the reader in mind and the information is easily understood.”

Published through the Laser Institute of America (LIA), renowned author Dr. Kay Ball has revised her book, Lasers - The Perioperative Challenge, to provide updated laser technology information to healthcare professionals. This is the fourth edition; the first was published in 1990, and Dr. Ball notes that much has evolved in the laser world since then.

“Dr. Ball's book is an excellent read for medical personnel who are new to the use of lasers in medicine and wish to get a comprehensive understanding of lasers used in surgery and other areas outside of the OR. The book is written with the reader in mind and the information is easily understood,” said Gus Anibarro, LIA’s Education Director.

While writing this edition of her book, Dr. Ball focused on evidence from research and published articles on laser procedure applications and outcomes. Since she also travels the world to present laser technology, she included personal clinical experience and addressed common questions she receives from practitioners worldwide.

“Lasers: The Perioperative Challenge takes a complex technology and simplifies it for ready access by nurses, physicians, risk managers, and other healthcare providers. It offers valuable information on how to apply current standards and guidelines for a laser-safe environment,” said Dr. Ball. “I updated the book because there's such a lack of comprehensive books on the market that address all aspects of laser technology in healthcare.”

The book highlights laser research and applications while incorporating current laser standards and guidelines. Sample laser safety policies provide templates for writing policies and procedures for the clinical environment.

“Everyone needs a really good reference or resource—especially if you’re just beginning your laser services,” said Vangie Dennis, who helped review the book and is the Executive Director of Perioperative Services for WellStar Atlanta Medical Center and Atlanta Medical Center South located in the metropolitan area of Atlanta. “It’s a really great product. It’s the ‘Alexander’ of the operating room—except for lasers.”

Within its 410 pages, the book contains more than 300 illustrations and graphics that are intended to deepen the reader’s understanding of foundational physics, safety, and administrative aspects. There is also an extensive glossary that offers an easy reference for laser terminology.

“As new procedures are introduced and accepted, laser safety is the strong foundation upon which practices are based. When safety is the primary cog in the wheel of laser applications, successful outcomes can be evidenced to validate practice changes. Laser technology continues to advance and mature as safe practices are demonstrated while patients benefit,” said Dr. Ball in the preface of her book.

The 18 chapters are broken up into three sections: “Laser Biophysics, Systems, and Safety,” “Clinical Laser Applications,” and “Administrative Aspects of a Laser Program.”

The cost of the book is $80 for LIA members and $90 for non-members.

“This book is a ‘must’ for all professionals participating in laser surgery and therapy,” said Dr. Ball.

It can be purchased at http://www.lia.org/store/product/241.

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