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Safety protocols for Gua sha (press-stroking) and Baguan (cupping).
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PMID:  22863649     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Gua sha (press-stroking) and Baguan (cupping) are therapeutic procedures of traditional East Asian medicine (TEAM) that are also practiced in integrative clinical as well as domestic or familial settings. They may be defined as instrument assisted mechanical stimulation of the body surface that intentionally creates therapeutic petechiae and ecchymosis representing extravasation of blood in the subcutis. Blood and 'other potentially infectious material' (OPIM) can sometimes be drawn through the surface of the skin leading to potential contamination of instruments and to risk of bloodborne pathogen exposure. Neither the literature nor the current national standards of the acupuncture profession sufficiently address safety standards for Gua sha and Baguan. This paper presents the nature of the potential risks and applies current hospital safety standards as proposed protocols for Gua sha and Baguan.
Arya Nielsen; Ben Kligler; Brian S Koll
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-07-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Complementary therapies in medicine     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1873-6963     ISO Abbreviation:  Complement Ther Med     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9308777     Medline TA:  Complement Ther Med     Country:  Scotland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  340-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Acupuncture Fellowship, Integrative Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY, United States.
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