Table 1

Patient characteristics and treatment/intervention data

CharacteristicsIntervention group (n=77)Control group (n=77)
GenderBoys45 (58.4)43 (55.8)
Girls32 (41.6)34 (44.2)
Age (years), mean (range)4.77 (1–11)4.32 (2–11)
Age (years)1–330 (39.0)35 (45.5)
4–1147 (61.0)42 (54.5)
History of motion sicknessYes22 (28.6)21 (27.3)
No55 (71.4)56 (72.7)
History of PONV*Yes9 (11.7)5 (6.5)
No13 (16.9)11 (14.3)
Type of surgeryAdenoidectomy32 (41.6)26 (33.8)
Tonsillectomy17 (22.1)14 (18.2)
Adenotonsillectomy28 (36.4)37 (48.1)
Duration of treatment/intervention, median (range)Surgery17 Min (1–85)18 Min (3–48)
Anaesthesia45 Min (22–96)43 Min (22–94)
Acupuncture21 Min (7–86)
Acupressure24 h (1–24)
  • Results are shown as number (%) unless stated otherwise.

  • * Only 38 out of 154 children had previously undergone surgery.

  • PONV, postoperative nausea and vomiting.