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The venodilation effects of tapping versus massaging for venipuncture

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Title: The venodilation effects of tapping versus massaging for venipuncture
Authors: Yasuda, Kae Browse this author
Sato, Saki Browse this author
Okada, Kazunori Browse this author
Yano, Rika Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Keywords: massaging
Issue Date: Oct-2019
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Journal Title: Japan journal of nursing science : JJNS
Volume: 16
Issue: 4
Start Page: 491
End Page: 499
Publisher DOI: 10.1111/jjns.12261
PMID: 31222981
Abstract: Aim To compare the effectiveness of tapping and massaging venodilation techniques by evaluating venous cross-sectional area, venous depth, venous palpation score, and questionnaire responses of study participants. Methods This study had a quasi-experimental design. Between August 2016 and October 2016, healthy adult volunteers (n = 30, mean +/- standard deviation of age: 22.3 +/- 2.2 years) were enrolled in this study. Three venodilation techniques were evaluated: the application of a tourniquet (Control Group), the application of a tourniquet and tapping of the participant's forearm (Tapping Group), and the application of a tourniquet and massaging of the participant's forearm (Massage Group). Results In all three groups, venous cross-sectional areas increased significantly after the application of the venodilation technique. The change ratio of venous cross-sectional area was significantly larger in the Massage Group than in the Control Group. Additionally, 83.3% of the participants selected massaging as their preferred venodilation technique, stating the technique was comfortable and provided a feeling of relief. Conclusions No significant differences were observed between the degrees of venodilation that were achieved using the three investigated venodilation techniques. Nonetheless, massaging was deemed the most effective technique after considering the participants' subjective comments.
Rights: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Yasuda K, Sato S, Okada K, Yano R. The venodilation effects of tapping versus massaging for venipuncture. Jpn J Nurs Sci. 2019;16(4):491–499., which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
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