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Investigation of laser injuries
Author(s): Thomas E. Johnson; Natalie Keeler; Jerome E. Dennis; Colin L. Figueroa; Howard A. Press; R. James Rockwell; Bruce E. Stuck; William P. Roach; Ardith L. Wartick
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Paper Abstract

Recently a review of multiple laser injury and accident databases was initiated. Last year we reported on preliminary findings in this area. This past year the search for laser injury and accident reports was expanded, and a significant number of additional laser incidents were located. The database from the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health was supplemented with more up to date information and non-medical laser incidents were added. Rockwell Laser Industries database was verified to not contain duplicates from the new information, as was the Army’s Laser Accidents and Incidents Registry. Information from the Federal Aviation Administration regarding laser accidents and incidents were also included. Incidents not resulting in laser specific injuries has been tracked. This information was not included in our previous report. In this study, case reports are used to show gross trends in laser injury, accident and incident reporting. This study is still in progress, and evaluation is incomplete.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 June 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4953, Laser and Noncoherent Light Ocular Effects: Epidemiology, Prevention, and Treatment III, (20 June 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.476909
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas E. Johnson, Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health Sciences (United States)
Natalie Keeler, Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health Sciences (United States)
Jerome E. Dennis, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (United States)
Colin L. Figueroa, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (United States)
Howard A. Press, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (United States)
R. James Rockwell, Rockwell Laser Industries (United States)
Bruce E. Stuck, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (United States)
William P. Roach, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Ardith L. Wartick, Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health Sciences (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4953:
Laser and Noncoherent Light Ocular Effects: Epidemiology, Prevention, and Treatment III
Bruce E. Stuck; Michael Belkin, Editor(s)

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