Acupressure for post-operative nausea and vomiting

Bill Km, Dundee JW
“Acupressure for post-operative nausea and vomiting”
Department of Anaesthetics, the Queen’s University of Belfast, EIRE

PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of P6 acupressure (ACPx) on post-operative nausea and vomiting after minor gynaecological surgery. METHOD: 31 fit women were premedicated with nalbuphine 10 mg IM and given a standard methohexitone-nitrous oxide-oxigen anaesthetic, for a 7-15 min minor gynaecological operation. After the premdicant had been administered, a commercially available “Sea Band” band was placed on the right P6 point and pressure was immediately applied for 5 min to the stud. The patients were assessed for nausea and vomiting at 1 and 6 h postoperatively. RESULTS: The results demonstrate a highly significant reduction in sickness in the first post-operative hour (p 0.001), ACPx being as effective as standard anti-emetics in this period. The benefit over the next 5 h was not marked (p 0.1). In a few patients the nausea was abolished by pressure on the stud.

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