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PRACTICE RECOMMENDATIONS
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 337-342

Lasers use in dermatology practice in the evolving COVID-19 scenario: Recommendations by SIG lasers (IADVL academy)


1 Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Skin n Smiles Dermatology and Aesthetics, Gurugram, Haryana, India
2 Skin and Surgery International, Asia Institute of Hair Transplant, Sholapur, Maharashtra, India
3 Calcutta National Medical College, Wizderm Speciality Skin and Hair Clinic, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
4 Escallent Institute of Lasers and Aesthetic Medicine, Gurugram, Haryana, India
5 Jubilee Mission Medical College, Thissur, Kerela, India
6 Kem Hospital, Kiara Skin Clinic, Sholapur, Maharashtra, India
7 Dr Thaj Skin Hair Clinic, Coiambtore, Tamil Nadu, India
8 AKJN Skin And Laser Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
9 Neelkanth Hospital, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India
10 Ashvini Rural Medical College, Sholapur, Maharashtra, India
11 Cutis Institute of Dermatology and Aesthetic Sciences, Calicut, Kerela, India
12 Trivedi Skin Clinic, Surat, Gujarat, India

Correspondence Address:
Sachin Dhawan
Coordinator, SIG Lasers, IADVL Academy, Sr. Consultant Dermatologist, Skin n Smiles and FMRI, Gurugram - 122 002, Haryana
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/idoj.IDOJ_239_20

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The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the entire world by storm. Almost all dermatology laser procedures are considered non-essential and there is a consensus that they should be deferred till the threat of the COVID-19 is well and truly over. The article presents recommendations for the use of lasers and energy based devices in a safe manner during and in the immediate aftermath of COVID-19 pandemic. Plume generating procedures need full personal protective equipment to be used. Special precautions are required for specific laser and energy based procedures. A robust disinfection strategy based on preventing fomite borne COVID-19 transmission in the laser operating room is essential.


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