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Assessing the Feasibility of Integrating Ear Acupuncture Into the Aeromedical Evacuation System From RAB to AAFB

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01278355
First Posted: January 17, 2011
Last Update Posted: December 3, 2013
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Samueli Institute for Information Biology
  Purpose
The purpose of this study is twofold: 1) to test the feasibility of integrating a simple bilateral ear acupuncture procedure (Auricular Stimulation Procedure - ASP) into the standard care delivered in the Aeromedical Evacuation system and 2) to observe and document any changes in pain scores and in-flight related symptoms and factors (e.g. sinus block/pain, ear block pain, nausea/air sickness) typically monitored during transportation of wounded warriors from Ramstein Air Base (RAB) to Andrews Air Force Base (AAFB).

Condition Intervention
Musculoskeletal Pain Device: Ear acupuncture

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: The Feasibility of Integrating Ear Acupuncture for Pain in Patients Being Transported Via the Aeromedical Evacuation System From Ramstein Air Base to Andrews AFB, Maryland USA: An Observational Study

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Further study details as provided by Samueli Institute for Information Biology:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Pain [ Time Frame: March 2013 ]

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: January 2011
Study Completion Date: January 2012
Primary Completion Date: January 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Pain Patients Device: Ear acupuncture
Ear acupuncture

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Military beneficiaries undergoing aeromedical evacuation from Ramstein Air Base to Andrews Air Force Base who are experiencing pain.
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 18 or over
  • NRS Pain rating > 0
  • Military beneficiaries undergoing aeromedical evacuation from RAB to AAFB

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Medically unstable or otherwise unable to participate including those with the inability to consent
  • Allergy to metals
  • Ear trauma
  • Sepsis
  • Unhealed wounds on the ears
  • Piercing or scar tissue in any of the ear acupuncture point areas
  • Pregnancy
  Contacts and Locations
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Locations
Germany
Ramstein Air Base
Ramstein, Germany
Sponsors and Collaborators
Samueli Institute for Information Biology
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Richard Niemtzow, MD, PhD, MPH United States Air Force
  More Information

Responsible Party: Samueli Institute for Information Biology
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01278355     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: C.2010.041dt
First Submitted: January 14, 2011
First Posted: January 17, 2011
Last Update Posted: December 3, 2013
Last Verified: December 2012

Keywords provided by Samueli Institute for Information Biology:
pain
acupuncture

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Musculoskeletal Pain
Muscular Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms