Australia Unregistered acupuncturist banned after patient suffers collapsed lung

08:26  19 february  2020
08:26  19 february  2020 Source:   smh.com.au

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An acupuncturist punctured a patient ’s lungs after inserting the needles too far when treating a woman’s arm and wrist injury. Mr Hill criticised her for failing to tell the patient there was a risk of a collapsed lung and for not getting written consent before she carried out needling to the notoriously

The acupuncturist reportedly told the patient to rest-off the pain. When the woman laid down at home she noticed her right chest felt numb and her left The acupuncturist told HDC that she told the client that collapsed lung was a slight risk of this needle placement. However, the client told HDC that the

A woman suffered a collapsed lung after acupuncture treatment from an unregistered practitioner.© Supplied A woman suffered a collapsed lung after acupuncture treatment from an unregistered practitioner.

An unregistered acupuncturist has been permanently banned from practising after a woman suffered a collapsed lung following acupuncture treatment.

In its decision, the Health Care Complaints Commission said Liya Rong posed "a risk to the health and safety of members of the public" and she had breached the unregistered health practitioners' code of conduct by performing a service she was not qualified to provide.

The patient had gone to the Great Wall Chinese Medicine Clinic in Hurstville in Sydney’s south for acupuncture treatment for a headache on April 23 last year.

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An acupuncturist who punctured a patient 's lungs while giving her treatment for an arm and wrist injury has been found to be in breach of the Health and Disability Consumers' The acupuncturist then withdrew the needles and provided additional treatment until the patient said she felt better.

She suffered shoulder pain and shortness of breath over the next two days. A 79-year-old woman suffered a collapsed lung (see top left, circled) after having acupuncture According to the patient , after needling of the interscapular area, which is between the shoulder blades, she felt pain on the right.

The patient was treated by Ms Rong, and had three needles inserted in the back of her head and one needle on either side of her shoulder near her collarbone.

Half an hour after her treatment, the patient experienced shortness of breath and tightening around her chest, and shortly after that she went to the emergency department at St George Hospital.

She was diagnosed with a collapsed lung (pneumothorax) and was admitted to hospital. She experienced little improvement until she had a chest drain inserted on April 29 during a second hospital stay.

The patient told the commission she was informed by a treating health practitioner "she was fortunate that the acupuncture did not result in a pneumothorax to both sides of her chest as the outcome could have been fatal".

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In her response to the inquiry, Ms Rong said she studied acupuncture and remedial massage at the Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China in 2003. The 60-year-old Australian citizen also said she was a member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society.

But the commission queried the authenticity of her qualifications. Her membership with the society, which was only for remedial massage, had lapsed in 2016.

It found the treatment provided by Ms Rong led to the patient's collapsed lung, and the injury happened because "Ms Rong is not competent and sufficiently qualified to practise acupuncture".

The commission found Ms Rong had breached the code of conduct for unregistered health practitioners in several ways, including providing healthcare that was outside her experience or training, and portraying herself as a qualified acupuncturist when she was not.

Ms Rong was permanently banned from practising acupuncture or dry needling on either a paid or voluntary basis unless she can prove she has successfully finished an approved acupuncture study program.

"Until Ms Rong meets mandatory practice standards required for endorsement under the national law, the commission is of the opinion that her practise of acupuncture poses a risk to the health and safety of the public".

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