Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research
Record ID 32000000857
Authors' objectives: This report aims to summarise the available evidence on the use of the ReliefBand device in the reduction of post-operative nausea.
Authors' recomendations: The FDA has given marketing approval for the ReliefBand device (Woodside Biomedical Inc.) in reducing post-operative nausea as an adjunct to anti-emetics. Approval followed completion of a 5-centre placebo-controlled RCT. The subjects were 220 patients who had undergone laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The study demonstrated significant relief of nausea following the surgical procedure. Anti-emetic drugs work well for treating post-operative vomiting and retching but are less effective in reducing nausea. ReliefBand had previously been approved for marketing in other applications. ReliefBand is worn on the underside of the wrist over the 'P6 point'. Mild electric pulses are sent by the battery-powered device, which act to reduce gastric dysrythmia.
Authors' methods: Overview
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2000
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Electric Stimulation
  • Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting
Organisation Name: Institute of Health Economics
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