30-50% of patients undergoing surgery in the general population experience post-operative nausea and vomiting (PONV), increasing to 70-80% in patients with additional risk factors for having PONV (Murakami et. al, 2017). PONV can lead to a host of other complications.
Despite pharmacologic protocols, PONV remains prevalent. Non-pharmacologic interventions as an adjunct could potentially save time and costs and be an easy, nurse-driven response in treating PONV. I’ll be using Orem’s Self-Care Deficit Theory as a theoretical framework.
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