"Body Piercing" script
PBS "HealthWeek," October 1997AUDIO
IT’S SPREADING...ALL AROUND THE EARS...TO LIPS AND EYEBROWS...EVEN TONGUES... AND FAR BEYOND.
(natural sound, wincing and sharp breath as nipple pierced)
AND BODY PIERCING ISN’T JUST KIDS’ STUFF ANYMORE.
2shot behind 106 "Have you thought about where on your nose you want it?" "Uh, I think right there (points)" "Usually right in that crevice is a really good spot 113
JEAN WAYNE GOT THE URGE AFTER SEEING WOMEN WITH PIERCED NOSES IN NEPAL.
"Because I think it’s beautiful, and I want to do it, and I guess I want to be different 2835 I’ll be the only 50-year-old with my nose pierced, in my county" 2840
BUT WHAT HEALTH RISKS MAY COME WITH A VISIT TO A BODY PIERCER?
are performing invasive procedures on the human body, and we
have no idea under what kind of conditions these are being done 425
PLASTIC SURGEON IRA PAPEL SAYS HE ALREADY SEES ENOUGH PROBLEMS FROM COMMON EAR PIERCINGS...INCLUDING SCARS... CALLED KELOIDS... THAT CAN GROW OUT OF CONTROL...THE SPREAD OF PIERCING CONCERNS HIM.
3014 reverse "Did the ache spread beyond your breasts, or was it more all-over obdy aches, or was it just primarily at the site?" 3022
TINA BRINTON HAD HER NIPPLES PIERCED TO MARK HER 21ST BIRTHDAY. IT’S A GIFT SHE HAD TO RETURN.
1639 "I cleaned them every day, I’d clean them twice a day sometimes, I even started using antibiotic ointment every so often, and they would just continually get infected 1648
HEALED... ONCE THE RINGS WERE REMOVED.
"Most of the time, if they are treated, if they need antibiotic therapy, that does the trick, and you just teach them how to take care of it 2418
BUT IF THE TOOLS USED BY BODY PIERCERS ARE NOT STERILE... THE CONSEQUENCES CAN BE FAR MORE SERIOUS.
"Here in Oregon, concern about the possible spread of diseases, including hepatitis-B or AIDS, prompted the state to become the first in the nation to regulate piercers. Now, shops need licenses, and state inspectors can make surprise visits."
"I would like to see your client records, I’m talking about completed client records, completed release forms.""OK" 3005
652 "The main things we’re looking for are of course the safety and sanitation parts of it 657 and disinfection, 658
1826 "Then all we have to do is take them from here stick them in the autoclave.""Oh, these have not gone through a sterilization cycle then. Is that correct?""Right." 1832
THE OREGON REGULATIONS INCLUDE:PATIENT RECORDKEEPING TO HELP TRACK ANY PROBLEMS...A BAN AGAINST THE PIERCING OF MINORS... UNLESS A PARENT IS PRESENT...AND STANDARDS FOR EQUIPMENT AND SANITATION.SOME PIERCERS HERE SUPPORTED AND EVEN HELPED WRITE THE RULES.
"We basically maintain the same regulations and the same criteria as a dental office; we have to do the same kind of sterilization, the same kind of protection for us and the client."
ALL PIERCERS MUST BE REGISTERED... AND SOME SHOPS INCLUDING THIS ONE REQUIRE EMPLOYEES TO GO THROUGH AN APPRENTICESHIP... BUT THERE ARE NO STATE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS... AND SO NO GUARANTEES OF A PIERCER’S EXPERIENCE.
755 ‘There ya go. All done’ ‘Thank you’(sits up)
MOST STATES... UNLIKE OREGON... DON’T REGULATE THE GROWING NUMBER OF PIERCINGS...SO SOME DOCTORS WORRY THERE COULD BE A GROWING NUMBER OF PROBLEMS THAT NO ONE IS KEEPING TRACK OF.
1646 we don’t know exactly what type of people are doing these procedures, 1650 we don’t know how many they are doing, we don’t even know what parts of the body predominantly they are doing this on 1657
OH... BUT JOSH TAGLIERE HAS A VITAL TIP FOR PEOPLE WITH FRESHLY PIERCED NIPPLES.
523 "The problem that occurred after that was the seatbelt, of driving, the driver’s seat, it was completely rubbing against it, so I had to wear it, like, in the improper position 531
A PIECE OF TENDER ADVICE WELL WORTH HEEDING.
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