Postoperative Nausea | Postoperative Nausea/Vomiting and Acupressure

Postoperative Nausea research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) remain a significant challenge in our practice. However, pharmaceutical prophylaxis can confer unpleasant adverse effects. It would therefore be appropriate to consider the use of non-pharmacological methods in preventing PONV. Acupuncture and acupressure are reported to be effective preventive treatment for PONV, and the adverse effects are minimal. Consequently, the aim of the study is to implement acupressure in our anaesthetic department procedures. A reduction of the use of antiemetics will be a parameter on the effectiveness of acupressure. The study will focus on acupressure as a supplement to the ordinary prophylactic treatment of PONV in adults undergoing orthopaedic and general surgery, and adults and children undergoing ear, nose, throat surgery. The primary endpoints are the quantities of antiemetics used before (baseline) and during the implementation period. The study will be conducted from January to December 2011.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Adults undergoing orthopaedic, general, and ear, nose, throat surgery at Lovisenberg Diaconal Hospital Exclusion Criteria: - Not fully verbal communication or informed consent not achieved

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Postoperative Nausea

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Procedure:Acupressure wrist bandUse of acupressure wristband during surgery Manufacturer; Pinnacle Ind Ltd, Rm 831 Thriving Ind Ctr, 26-38 Sha Tsui Rd, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Acupressure wrist bandThe group receiving acupressure wrist band

Study Status

Unknown status

Start Date: September 2011

Completed Date: June 2012

Phase: Phase 2

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: Effectiveness of acupressure for postoperative nausea in terms of less use of antiemetic drugs

Secondary Outcome: Reduction in use of antiemetic medication as a consequence of the introduction of acupressure wristband

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Arne Johan Norheim, PhD

Lead Sponsor: National Research Centre of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Norway

Collaborator: Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital

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