Ballina, Australia (PressExposure) September 23, 2009 -- Puncture Kit is a must-read new book for anyone considering getting a piercing or tattoo. These and other body modifications have soared in popularity but author Angela Llewellyn-Sare says that horrifying injuries can and do occur, many related to untrained and backyard operators.
"A piercing or tattoo may be cool, but the reality is that it's a risky business that often results in infections, allergy, scarring, nerve damage, viruses and even broken teeth," says Ms Llewellyn-Sare, a nurse with 25 years' experience.
"Complications following a piercing or tattoo arise from unsafe practices such as using equipment that has not been properly cleaned and sterilised," Llewellyn-Sare says.
"The general public do not have an awareness of sterile procedures that must be used to prevent cross infection between clients. People are unwittingly putting themselves at risk."
Llewellyn-Sare added that parents worry and do their best to talk to their teens about risk taking behaviours in regards to drinking and drug taking but they also need to be advising their children on the dangers of piercing and tattooing.
Llewellyn-Sare's book, Puncture Kit, spells out the dangers but also advises how to stay safe. Puncture Kit has universal appeal, it is honest, up front and graphic and it will make all the difference between successful body art and a whole lot of painful consequences.
Llewellyn-Sare knows her stuff. She is a nurse with 25 years' experience and she got very tired of having to deal with the awful complications of botched jobs and poor after care.
Parents who have read the book have been better able to advise their teens; teenagers who have read the book are amazed at some of the facts and wish they had known before embarking on their form of body art. GPs and nurses who are struggling to advise young people see it as a good resource. Puncture Kit is now endorsed by the Hepatitis C Council of Australia.
"Puncture Kit is 'the informer', the guide people can turn to before having anything done," Llewellyn-Sare says. "This book may be the most useful purchase anyone can buy whether they are a jittery first timer, an experienced self enhancer or a bewildered parent."