The Effect of Manual Acupressure (Point BL32)on Pain Associated with Intramuscular Injections of Magnesium Sulfate

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The aim of this study was determining the effect of acupressure on the severity of pain associated with intramuscular injections of magnesium sulfate administered by the Z-track technique in patients with eclampsia and preeclampsia. Forty-eight patients participated in this single-group clinical trial, which was conducted in three stages. For each patient, three intramuscular injections were administered by the Z-track technique. The first injection was administered by the conventional method. The second injection at a sham control point and the third injection using acupressure (BL32)were administered. Pain severity was measured on a visual analogue scale. The mean pain intensity was 7.22 in the first, 4.75 in the second and 1.94 in the third injections (p < 0.001). The results of the study showed that acupressure at the BL32 point before intramuscular injection of magnesium sulfate significantly reduced the injection-related pain.

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Najafi, S. S., Nazaribin, S., Momennasab, M., & Kordi Yoosefinejad, A. (2019). The Effect of Manual Acupressure (Point BL32)on Pain Associated with Intramuscular Injections of Magnesium Sulfate. JAMS Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, 12(2), 67–72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jams.2018.07.002

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