Electrical stimulation of Shenmen HE-7 during surgery can prevent agitation in paediatric patients recovering from general anaesthesia, report Japanese clinicians. Emergence agitation, in which children experience a variety of behavioural disturbances, including crying, thrashing and disorientation, is common in children recovering from anaesthesia. One hundred and twenty infants aged 18 to 96 months, who were undergoing minor elective surgery under general anaesthesia, were randomly assigned to two groups: a treatment group who received bilateral stimulation at Shenmen HE-7 with a peripheral nerve stimulator device and a control group that did not undergo electrical stimulation. The incidence of emergence agitation was significantly lower in the PNS group, compared with the control group.
Electrical stimulation of the heart 7 acupuncture site for preventing emergence agitation in children: A randomised controlled trial. Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2015 Nov 28.