Good Afternoon - this is more of a general question. The nurse who extracts the needles at my acupuncturist does not wear gloves. What are your thoughts on this? Is it common practice that gloves are used in the extraction or no?
I would say the answer generally is no, i.e. most people do not wear gloves for any part of acupuncture. This is largely because bleeding is encountered infrequently when properly administered. All that said, in a hospital settings with heavy legal overheads and uniform clinical procedures it is probably common.
Personally I only wear gloves when performing bloodletting techniques.