There is a letter to Acupuncture in Medicine entitled Pneumothorax complication of deep dry needling demonstration. Pneumothorax, popping a lung,  is a rare but well described complication of acupuncture. I almost feel sorry for the practitioner as in the accompanying video he keeps emphasizing the care that must be done in order to avoid just that complication. Then you see the needle abruptly goes really deep. Pop.

Procedures, even useless procedures, have complications. It happens. But watch the video for the most god-awful adherence to infection control you could ever want to see.



And this from a practitioner of 45 years experience teaching others how to do dry needling. I cannot tell from the video if hands were washed before the procedure. I bet not. It sure gives me the Infection Control Willies.

A lack of adherence to even basic infection control is standard operating procedure in the world of acupunctures and does not surprise me. I can understand showing the video to teach how not to puncture lungs, but why would you document such profound incompetence with infection control?