The effect of route of hydration on the severity of side effects of nausea, vomiting, and headaches for 13 patients receiving a metrizamide myelogram was studied. Six patients were hydrated by mouth only and seven by mouth and intravenously. Severity was measured 24 hours postmyelogram with a visual analogue scale for each side effect. Controlling for the volume of all fluid received significantly more severe headaches were reported by patients hydrated only orally. For this small sample, no significant differences were found for severity of nausea or vomiting. The study and its implications for nursing are described.
Questions or comments regarding this article may be directed to the authors at: Department of Neurosurgery, University of Alabama Hospital, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL 35294. Cammie Moore Quinn is head nurse, neurosurgery. University of Alabama Hospital; Patricia S. O'Sullivan is associate professor, Center for Nursing Research, University of Alabama School of Nursing, Birmingham: and Ellen Tate Patterson is coordinator of nursing research, University of Alabama Hospital, Birmingham.
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