Guidelines on Basic Training and Safety in Acupuncture
(1999; 35 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
Table of Contents
View the documentAcknowledgements
Open this folder and view contentsIntroduction
Open this folder and view contentsSection I: Basic training in acupuncture
Close this folderSection II: Safety in acupuncture
Close this folder1. Prevention of infection
View the document1.1 Clean working environment
View the document1.2 Clean hands
View the document1.3 Preparation of the needling sites
View the document1.4 Sterilization and storage of needles and equipment
View the document1.5 Aseptic technique
Open this folder and view contents2. Contraindications
Open this folder and view contents3. Accidents and untoward reactions
View the document4. Electrical stimulation and laser therapy
Open this folder and view contents5. Injury to important organs
View the document6. Patient records
Open this folder and view contentsAppendix
View the documentAnnex I: List of participants

1.2 Clean hands

Practitioners should always wash their hands before treating a patient. Washing the hands again immediately before the acupuncture procedure is particularly important in preventing infection, and should include thorough lathering with soap, scrubbing the hands and fingernails, rinsing under running water for 15 seconds, and careful drying on a clean paper towel.

Many acupuncturists palpate the acupuncture point after the needling site has been prepared. In such cases, their fingertips should again be cleaned with an alcohol swab. The use of sterile surgical gloves, or individual finger stalls, is recommended for the protection of the patient and the practitioner, especially if the latter has cuts or abrasions. Those with infected lesions on the hands should not practise until they are healed.

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