Articles by

Jersey Rivers

Safety in Numbers

December 16th, 2020 — In its narrowest sense, acupuncture safety sounds something like: “Whoa, be careful with the sharp end of that thing!” Mostly, this post isn’t about that part, though. This isn’t about physical safety; it’s about social safety.

"That Last Treatment Made Me Worse"

February 4th, 2021 — The phone rings in your clinic. When you pick it up, a patient says, “Hi, I need to talk to you about something. I think that last treatment made me worse.” What do you do next? Here’s an outline of how to create a positive outcome, i.e. make some safety, from this stressful and unavoidable situation. If you treat enough people, you will certainly get this phone call at some point!

Two un-answerable questions

December 30th, 2020 — Power can get confused with control, and bodies don’t respond to control. Thinking they do creates unsafe conditions for treatment.

Billy, Don't Be A Guru

May 14th, 2021 — Safety requires transparency, and transparency requires that we actively and intentionally disengage from the role of Guru in our patient relationships.

Social Safety Swiss Cheese

July 14th, 2021 — Reflections on acupuncture safety incidents that involve no needles at all.

Boundaries are for Suckers

February 18th, 2022 — Boundaries are a bitch. But I’m not.