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. Prevention of infection

As with any subcutaneous or intramuscular injection, avoidance of infection in acupuncture requires:

• a clean working environment;
• clean hands of the practitioner;
• preparation of the needling sites;
• sterile needles and equipment, and their proper storage;
• aseptic technique; and
• careful management and disposal of used needles and swabs.

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