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Comparing the effects of topical anesthesia and two-point acupressure on the severity of venipuncture pain among hospitalized 6 –12 year-old children

Publication date: Available online 24 April 2017 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): Parisa Shah Mohammadi Pour, Golnaz Foroogh Ameri, Majid Kazemi, Yones Jahani The aim of the present study was to compare the effects of topical anesthesia and acupressure at the Yintang (Extra 1) and the Laogong (P-8) points on the severity of venipuncture pain among hospitalized 6–12 year-old children. A sample of 120 6–12 year-old hospitalized children was recruited from two teaching hospitals located in Rafsanjan, Iran. The children were allocated to the topical anesthesia, acupressure, and control groups. For children in the topical anesthesia and the acupressure groups, EMLA cream and two-point acupressure were used respectively before performing venipuncture while children in the control group only received routine pre-venipuncture care. The severity of venipuncture pain was evaluated five minutes after performing venipuncture by using the Face, Leg, Activity, Cry, and Consolability behavioral pain assessment scale. The findings reveled that pain severity in both experimental groups was significantly lower than the control group while there was no significant difference between the experimental groups regarding pain severity. Although acupressure was as effective as topical anesthesia cream in alleviating children’s venipuncture pain, nurses are recommended to use acupressure instead of pharmacological pain management agents due to its greate...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

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