Nausea and vomiting following surgery is not uncommon in the first 24 to 48 hours. In fact, according to Medscape*, it is one of the most common causes of patient dissatisfaction with anesthesia, occurring in about one-third (30%) all of anesthesia-related procedures (even up to 80% in those in more high risk situations).
Nausea from post-operative procedures should not delay or disturb healing time. A study** examining the effect of acupressure for the relief of post-operative nausea concluded that using an acupressure wrist band, like Sea-Band, for the control and prevention of post-operative nausea proved effective.
The trial was randomized amongst 80 post-surgical cases. Half of the patients wore Sea-Bands following their procedure while the control group was not provided with any form of acupressure. After 48 hours and statistical analysis it was found that the patients wearing the Sea-Bands had significantly reduced nausea and vomiting and received 15.5% less doses of anti-emetic drugs (medicines that reduce nausea/vomiting).
In a separate study, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center also discovered using Sea-Bands acupressure on post-op patients reduced the incidence of nausea to 10% - a two-thirds reduction. Sea-Band is an elasticated wrist band that applies acupressure on the P6 Nei Kuan acupressure point on the inside of each wrist. The bands are ideal for post-operative patients as they are drug-free and will not cause any side effects or interactions with additional medications the patient may be taking. Sea-Bands can also be used for the relief of nausea from chemo treatments, morning sickness, migraine-nausea and motion sickness.
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**The use of simple acupressure bands reduces post-operative nausea.
K. Phillips and L. Gill, Wycombe General Hospital, High Wycombe. UK. 1994