Place the puncture in acupuncture: the therapist accidentally collapses a patient's LUNG during a routine arm and wrist injury treatment
- The New Zealand woman, 33, was treated for an arm and wrist injury
- She suddenly got out of breath and suffered from shoulder and neck pain
- The patient, who weighed only 45 kg, said the needles & # 39; extremely deep & # 39; to the touch
- She ended up in the hospital where doctors discovered she had two leaky lungs
An acupuncturist accidentally pierced a woman's lungs after being unable to correctly insert needles during routine treatment.
The 33-year-old New Zealand woman was treated for an arm and wrist injury last March when she suddenly ran out of breath and got pain in the shoulders and neck.
The patient, who weighed only 45 kg, said the needles & # 39; extremely deep & # 39; felt and were in pain when they were inserted, stuff reported.
The needles were then left for half an hour before they were turned and removed.
The woman said she was short of breath and suddenly had chest pain on the right side while the needles were being removed.
The 33-year-old New Zealand woman was treated for an arm and wrist injury in March last year when the doctor pierced her lungs
Upon returning home, the left side of the woman's chest began to hurt and her right side became completely numb.
Later that evening she ended up in the hospital, where doctors discovered she had two leaky lungs.
The patient said the acupuncturist had not told her that there was a risk of puncturing her lungs when placing needles close to them.
The acupuncturist said the risks were explained orally, but were not recorded in the patient's notes and no written permission was given.
On Monday, a study by the Health and Disability Commission revealed that the acupuncturist – who was not mentioned – has infringed the consumer rights of the Code of Health and Disability Services.
Commissioner Anthony Hill said the practitioner did not pay enough attention to the treatment, did not provide any information about the risks and did not recognize the symptoms of pierced lungs.
The woman said that if she was aware of the risks, she would have gone straight to the hospital when she began to feel unwell after her treatment.
The acupuncturist said she felt sorry for & # 39; with the fact that her patient had contracted two collapsed lungs.
Mr. Hill suggested that the acupuncturist should follow additional training with needle techniques and report to the HDC when he was ready.
An HDC spokeswoman said it is not unusual for practitioners who have violated the code of conduct not to be public.
The woman said she was short of breath and suddenly had chest pain on the right side while the needles were being removed (stock image)
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