Acupuncture eases pain of ED waits
Posted: March 22, 2014 by admin
March 22, 2014

Emergency medicine is often described as the sharp end of healthcare. Now, Melbourne’s busiest hospital is bringing new meaning to the phrase by performing acupuncture in the ED.
The novel scheme, which is being touted as a potential way to free up doctors, sees acupuncture offered to patients who present with pain or nausea to the Northern Hospital ED, which treats 70,000 patients a year.
If they consent, acupuncture is performed at the bedside or in an ED cubicle, either by emergency physicians with acupuncture training, board-certified acupuncturists, or by supervised acupuncture students, in addition to usual medical care.


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