IN 1986 AND 1987, the Radiation Protection Section, Wisconsin Division of Health, surveyed dermatologists, ophthalmologists, and emergency room personnel to better understand the occurrence of injuries caused by ultraviolet (UV) tanning devices in Wisconsin. Questionnaires were distributed to 43 of 106 practicing dermatologists in the state who were attending the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Dermatological Society in October 1986; 31 (72%) questionnaires were completed and returned. Thirteen (42%) dermatologists had treated a total of 65 patients for cutaneous burns resulting from suntanning devices during the preceding 12 months; the degree of the specified. Forty-two (65%) patients used bed/ booth devices, and 23 (35%) used reflector lamps.
Of questionnaires sent to 132 Wisconsin ophthalmologists (of 260 patient-care ophthalmologists in the state) from a list provided by the state Ophthalmologic Society, 115 (87%) were completed and returned; 48 (42% ) ophthalmologists completing the questionnaire had treated a total of 152 patients during