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

1.5 Aseptic technique

The needle shaft must be maintained in a sterile state prior to insertion. Needles should be manipulated in such a way that the practitioner's fingers do not touch the shaft. If there is difficulty in inserting a long needle, such as that used in puncturing GB 30 huantiao or BL 54 zhibian by just grasping its handle, the shaft should be held in place with a sterile cotton wool ball or swab. The use of disposable sterile surgical gloves or finger stalls makes it easy to manipulate needles without contamination.

On withdrawing a needle, a sterile cotton wool ball should be used to press the skin at the insertion site, thus protecting the patient's broken skin surface from contact with potential pathogens, and the practitioner from exposure to the used needle shaft and the patient's body fluid. All compresses or cotton wool balls contaminated by blood or body fluids must be discarded in a special container for infectious waste.

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