J Korean Acad Nurs.  2008 Aug;38(4):503-512. 10.4040/jkan.2008.38.4.503.

Effects of the Nei-Guan Acupressure by Wrist Band on Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting after Middle Ear Surgery

  • 1Department of Nursing, Dong-A University Medical Center, Busan, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Dong-A University, Busan, Korea. hsmin@dau.ac.kr


PURPOSE: This study was to identify the effects of Nei-Guan accupressure using a wrist band on postoperative nausea and vomiting after middle ear surgery. METHODS: The study design was a nonequivalent control group non-synchronized posttest design. Forty patients were assigned into two groups of 20 patients, the wrist band group and the control group. In the wristband group, acupressure was applied with a wrist band on the P6 point at both wrists from 30 min before to 24 hr after anesthesia. RESULTS: The 1st hypothesis 'Applied wrist band groups will have a greater reduction in the nausea & vomiting grades by INVR than the control group' was accepted (t=2.303, p=.028). The 2nd hypothesis 'The Applied wrist band groups will have a greater reduction in the occurrence of nausea & vomiting than the control group' was partly accepted. The 3rd hypothesis 'The applied wrist band group will have a greater reduction in injection of antiemetics for 24 hr. post anesthesia than the control group' was rejected. CONCLUSION: Acupressure on the P6 point using a wrist band is effective to alleviate nausea for middle ear surgery patients.


Acupressure; Operation; Nausea and vomiting

MeSH Terms

Acupuncture Points
Data Interpretation, Statistical
Ear Auricle/*surgery
Middle Aged
Postoperative Care/instrumentation
Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting/*therapy


  • Figure 1 Research design.


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