Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Clinical Student Handbook

Clean Needle Technique (CNT)

Student interns will maintain Clean Needle Technique (CNT) at all on-site and off-site ACM clinical venues in accordance with (or exceeding the standards of) information contained in the latest edition of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (CCACM) Clean Needle Manual for Acupuncturists.

Failure to maintain CNT while providing care in ACM clinics compromises patient’s safety and increases risk of and exposure to infections.

Students are ethically obligated and expected to report any lapses in CNT during their shift to their clinical supervisor. Clinical supervisors will monitor for CNT compliance and provided additional training or coaching to interns who are not compliant.

If an intern refuses to maintain CNT technique they will be directed to leave their clinical shift and possible disciplinary action may arise at the discretion of the ACM Clinical Education Chair and the Remediation Committee.