Effectiveness of Hand-Foot massage on the post operative pain among Open Heart Surgery Patients: A Randomised Control Trial

Simranjeet Kaur1, Daisy Josephine Lobo2, Latha T 2
1. Sri Guru Ram Das College of Nursing Vallah, Mehta Road, Amritsar Punjab, India
Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal University, Karnataka, India

The study was conducted to assess the effectiveness of hand-foot massage on post operative pain among open heart surgery patients. The study design was a Randomized Control Trial and was performed in the Cardio-thoracic unit, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal. 30 patients were selected based on sampling criteria and were randomly allocated to the experimental (n=15) and control group (n=15).

Preoperative pain was measured for both the groups using Numerical Pain scale and Observational checklist for behavioral response to pain. In the post operative period, 20 minutes of Hand-foot massage was given to the experimental group along with the routine care and the control group received only the routine care.

Statistically significant difference was found based on numerical pain scale (p=0.02) and observational checklist for behavioral response to pain (p<0.01) in the level of pain between the experimental and control group. Hence, it was concluded that hand-foot massage was effective in reducing post operative pain in open heart surgery patients.

Annual Worldwide Nursing Conference (WNC 2013)
Copyright © GSTF 2013
ISSN: 2315-4330, doi: 10.5176/2315-4330_WNC13.12