Assessing the Feasibility of Integrating Ear Acupuncture Into the Aeromedical Evacuation System From RAB to AAFB
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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).
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years to 65 Years (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Military beneficiaries undergoing aeromedical evacuation from Ramstein Air Base to Andrews Air Force Base who are experiencing pain.
Age 18 or over
NRS Pain rating > 0
Military beneficiaries undergoing aeromedical evacuation from RAB to AAFB
Medically unstable or otherwise unable to participate including those with the inability to consent
Allergy to metals
Unhealed wounds on the ears
Piercing or scar tissue in any of the ear acupuncture point areas