Effects on Blood Flow Velocity, Wound Healing and Pain in Hand Microsurgery Patients Following Heating on Non-Affected Side

Tuesday, 23 July 2013: 11:05 AM

Heeyoung So, PhD, RN
Department of Nursing, Chungnam National University, Daejeon Metropolitan, South Korea
Minsuk Kim, PhD, RN
Department of Nursing, Jeonbuk Science College, Jeongeup, South Korea

Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to understand the benefit of heating on non-affected side.

Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to know the method of measuring blood flow for hand.

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify the effects of heating on the non-affected hand on blood flow velocity, wound healing, and pain for hand microsurgery patients.  

Methods: This study was designed using the nonequivalent control group pretest-posttest design. Thirty-nine patients were assigned either to the experimental group (20 patients) or control group (19 patients). Data were analyzed with x2-test, Fisher's exact test, t-test, and repeated measure ANOVA using SPSS/WIN 17.0 program.

Results: After treatment in this program, blood flow velocity (F=5.13, p=.008) and wound healing (F=4.11, p=.020) improved significantly in the experimental group compared to the control group. But there was no significant improvement in pain in the experimental group compared to the control group (F=2.40, p=.097).

Conclusion: Based upon these results the non-affected side hand heating was recommended as an independent nursing intervention for the patients who need improvement in blood flow velocity and wound healing such as patients who have microsurgery. As the heating was effective even when applied on the non-affected side, it is the applicable to patients who cannot tolerate any therapy on affected side.