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Complication following acupuncture treatment (07HDC12714)
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(07HDC12714, 31 January 2008)
Acupuncturist ~ Explanation of
risks and complications ~ Pneumothorax ~ Right 6(1)(b)
A woman attended her fifteenth acupuncture treatment for
respiratory problems. The treatment was uneventful, the
acupuncturist using the same technique and equipment as on previous
occasions. After leaving the clinic she felt unwell. Her condition
worsened and she was taken by ambulance to an Emergency Department.
A chest X-ray revealed total collapse of the left lung.
It was held that the acupuncture equipment and technique were of
an appropriate standard and did not breach the Code. However, the
acupuncturist failed to provide specific information about the
risks of coughing during the needling process, in particular the
risk of a pneumothorax (lung injury). This information should have
been disclosed given the woman's known history of coughing.
Accordingly, the acupuncturist breached Right 6(1)(b).
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