Massage therapy reduces arterial puncture-induced pain: the randomized cross-over bi-center TORREA study

  • Sigismond LasockiEmail author
  • Régine Moncho
  • Julien Bontemps
  • Xavier Verger
  • Anne-Charlotte Tellier
  • Soizic Gergaud
  • Martine Ferrandière
  • ATLANREA group

Dear Editor,

Management of pain is one of the major concerns for intensivists, in the current era; it is even more crucial considering the worldwide “opioid crisis”. Arterial puncture (for blood sampling) is often needed in critically-ill patients and it can cause significant pain and discomfort, with mean pain scores above 3–4/10 [ 1]. Unfortunately, few, if any, interventions are efficient to reduce this puncture-induced pain, even the use of local anesthetic agents [ 2]. Hand massage has been shown to reduce post-operative pain intensity [ 3]. Recently, massage therapy has also been shown to improve critically-ill patients’ experience, with reduced pain and anxiety [ 4]. We hypothesized that massage therapy could help reducing the stress and pain induced by single arterial puncture (without catheter placement) in critically-ill patients. We conducted a bi-center (surgical ICU CHU d’Angers and surgical ICU CHU de Tours, France), randomized, cross-over, controlled open study (TORREA...



The CHU d’Angers was the sponsor of the study.

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All the authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Département Anesthésie RéanimationUBL Université d’Angers, CHU AngersAngers Cedex 9France
  2. 2.Département Anesthésie RéanimationUniversité de Tours, CHU de ToursToursFrance

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