A study of ICU patients experiencing pain and/or nausea who receive three 20-minute acupuncture treatments…
Does research support the feasibility and acceptability of providing acupuncture treatment to relieve pain and nausea symptoms in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients?
A study of ICU patients experiencing pain and/or nausea who receive three 20-minute acupuncture treatments, in addition to usual care found:
1. Self-reported pain level immediately after treatment decreased from the pain score reported immediately before treatment.
2. Reported benefit from acupuncture on symptoms of pain and also an anxiolytic effect,
3. There was a significant decrease in morphine usage after each treatment.
4. No major adverse effects were reported.
The study concluded that acupuncture was feasible, safe, and acceptable in an ICU setting by patients from diverse backgrounds.
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