The Effect of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve
Stimulation on Pain During Venous Cannulation
- Affiliated Author(s)
- 김세영; 박기범
- Alternative Author(s)
- Kim, Sae Young; Park, Ki Bum
- Journal Title
- Current Therapeutic Research
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- Background: The venous cannulation procedure was widely used in many
clinical procedures; however, it is associated with pain or discomfort.
Objectives: The purpose of this study was to investigate whether transcutaneous
electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) could reduce pain during cannulation of
Methods: One hundred patients were allocated randomly to 2 groups. In the
active TENS group, TENS was delivered via 2 electrodes on the venous cannulation
site (radial side of the wrist of dominant forearm) 20 minutes before venous cannulation,
and the control group received placebo (no current) TENS. Venous cannulation
with a 22-gauge cannula was performed. During venous cannulation, the pain
intensity (0 no pain, 10 worst pain imaginable) was measured. Any side effects
during study periods were recorded.
Results: The incidence of pain during venous cannulation was similar between
the 2 groups. However, pain intensity was significantly lower in the active TENS
group than placebo group (P 0.01). There was no significant difference in the side
effects such as erythema and itching between the groups.
Conclusions: TENS may be a suitable option for reducing the pain intensity
during venous cannulation. ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01607463. (Curr Ther Res
Clin Exp. 2012;73:134–139) © 2012 Elsevier HS Journals, Inc. All rights reserved.
Key words: cannulation, pain, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation,
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