Investigation of rocking as a postoperative intervention to promote gastrointestinal motility

Lucille Moore, Mary Lou Shannon, Patricia Richard, Gerard R. Vacca

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Abstract

Debilitating gas pain is a common sequel for patients who have undergone abdominal surgery. Resulting from impaired motility induced, by the mechanical and psychological stresses of surgery, as well as the effects of anaesthetic and analgesic agents, accumulated gas in the bowel often leads to longer and more unpleasant hospital stays. In tins article, the authors describe ongoing research aimed at mediating gas effects in women post-hysterectomy. Using rocking as a moderator of the surgical stress response, the study hypothesizes a mare rapid resumption of GI motility with decreased gaseous distention and associated pain, and less emotional distress for patients who follow a regimen of rocking in addition to ambulation. A sample of 34 patients is being studied, and data are being collected during a preadmission process and 5 postoperative days.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-91
Number of pages5
JournalGastroenterology Nursing
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

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Gastrointestinal Motility
Gases
Pain
Mechanical Stress
Hysterectomy
Psychological Stress
Walking
Analgesics
Anesthetics
Length of Stay
Research

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  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing
  • Gastroenterology

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Investigation of rocking as a postoperative intervention to promote gastrointestinal motility. / Moore, Lucille; Shannon, Mary Lou; Richard, Patricia; Vacca, Gerard R.

In: Gastroenterology Nursing, Vol. 18, No. 3, 01.01.1995, p. 87-91.

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Moore, Lucille ; Shannon, Mary Lou ; Richard, Patricia ; Vacca, Gerard R. / Investigation of rocking as a postoperative intervention to promote gastrointestinal motility. In: Gastroenterology Nursing. 1995 ; Vol. 18, No. 3. pp. 87-91.
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