Acupressure Therapy Impact on Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

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West, Payton
Mitchum, Weston
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Blakeman, Nina
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2024
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Acupressure Therapy Impact on Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting
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Comfort care for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment is a main concern for the patients and families, but it is also a large focal point for the nurses caring for them. Chemotherapy can lead to a variety of unpleasant side effects. Specifically, uncontrolled nausea and vomiting resulting from the chemotherapy treatment is an ongoing concern. Significant nausea and vomiting may lead to additional health concerns such as fluid and electrolyte imbalances, weight loss, nutritional deficiencies, as well as metabolic changes. These health changes can have a major impact on the patient's physical and mental well-being. Chemotherapy is often a primary treatment for cancer. The purpose of this evidence-based practice brief is to examine and evaluate how acupressure compared to traditional antiemetic medication alone affects the severity and frequency of chemo-induced nausea and vomiting. The outcome of this brief may lend insight to potential evidence-based healthcare practices for cancer patients, specifically providing comfort care to patients experiencing chemo-induced nausea and vomiting. Nurses can use this information to implement the practices of advocacy, education, and protocol/policy change to provide the most effective holistic care possible to this population.
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