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Acupuncture initiative to treat nausea and vomiting transforms patients’ lives

Nurse specialist Ruth Roddison introduced acupuncture to reduce post-operative nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing orthopaedic and gynaecological surgery at Rotherham Hospital. The technique has been so successful it is being rolled out across the trust and in the community

Nurse specialist Ruth Roddison introduced acupuncture to reduce post-operative nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing orthopaedic and gynaecological surgery at Rotherham Hospital. The technique has been so effective it is being rolled out across the trust and in the community

  • Acupin, a form of acupuncture using a tiny pin, is effective and cheaper than medication
  • After a successful trial it is being used by midwives and nurses for many adult and child patients suffering nausea and vomiting
  • Pregnant women are taught to insert their own Acupins for hyperemesis
  • Local GPs and practice nurses are being trained to use it

Ruth Roddison with a poster about ​​​​the use of acupuncture. Picture: John Houlihan

Rotherham Hospital inpatient pain team lead Ruth Roddison introduced the use of Acupins – small pins protruding from a fabric backing – to reduce post-operative

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