A Proposed Standard International Acupuncture Nomenclature: Report of a WHO Scientific Group
(1991; 36 pages)
Table of Contents
View the documentWHO Scientific Group on International Acupuncture Nomenclature
View the document1. Introduction
Open this folder and view contents2. Background
Open this folder and view contents3. Proposed standard international acupuncture nomenclature
Close this folder4. Recommendations for further action by WHO in the field of acupuncture
View the document4.1 Dissemination of the proposed standard international acupuncture nomenclature
View the document4.2 Further standardization of nomenclature
View the document4.3 Regulation by health authorities
View the document4.4 Basic training
View the document4.5 Safety
View the document4.6 Indications and contraindications
View the document4.7 Acupuncture equipment
View the document4.8 Education of the public
View the document4.9 Clinical and basic research
View the documentAcknowledgements
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4.5 Safety

Accidents happen most often with acupuncturists who are not fully trained. The most effective safety measure, therefore, is to ensure sound and well supervised theoretical and practical training. This is the only way of minimizing incompetent examination, wrong diagnoses and errors of technique, of making certain that patients are properly selected for acupuncture treatment, and of ensuring that the acupuncturist knows how to deal with accidents when they do occur.

Great importance must be attached to the quality of needles, their care and utilization, and their sterilization by means of adequate methods. Where economically feasible, disposable needles should be used.

Authoritative guidelines on these matters are needed that set standards for hospitals, clinics and private practitioners.

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