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Stray Needles

Stray Needles and Swiss Cheese Safety

January 12th, 2021 — Of the 160 incidents reported so far in our AERD, 26% are related in some way to forgotten or stray needles. This post is about the difference between following safety guidelines and creating safety.

Anatomy of a Safety Incident #1

January 4th, 2021 — A veritable cornucopia of misunderstandings, stray needles, and boundary issues.

Anatomy of a Safety Incident #3

April 12th, 2021 — There’s always a dynamic tension between safety and access. You can’t treat someone if you can’t treat them *safely* -- which means unfortunately you can’t treat everyone. Even though, as a community acupuncturist, you want to treat everyone.

If Your Patients Aren’t Breaking Your Heart, Are You Really Doing Community Acupuncture?

April 30th, 2021 — Anchor patients are the people who make the clinic what it is, who help set the tone of the organization, who remind the punks why we do what we do and make us want to keep doing it. The presence of anchor patients is one way the clinic creates social safety, and also is an indicator that a certain amount of social safety is present already.