A Study on the Guardian's Experience about Tepid Massage of Children Who were Admitted to a Pediatric Emergency Room

소아응급실을 내원한 환아 보호자의 미온수 마사지 경험실태

  • Kang, Hae-Sook (Department of Pediatric Emergency, Seoul National University Hospital) ;
  • Yun, O-Bok (Department of Pediatric Emergency, Seoul National University Hospital)
  • 강혜숙 (서울대학교병원 소아응급실) ;
  • 윤오복 (서울대학교병원 소아응급실)
  • Received : 2010.11.19
  • Accepted : 2010.12.09
  • Published : 2010.12.31


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the guardian's experience about tepid massage of children who visited Pediatric Emergency Room (PER). Methods: Data for this study was collected from August 1 to September 30, 2009 using questionnaires of 300 guardians who visited a PER. All data analyses were done using the SPSS 17.0 program and statistical data on frequency and percentage were obtained. $x^2$ test was done as well. Results: The results of this study were as follows: 73.7% of the guardians were doing the tepid massage, and 40% of them were doing the tepid massage when guardians thought that their children had a fever. 8.6% of them were incorrectly doing the tepid massage on their children such as using ice or alcohol. 90.5% of the children's condition changed when they had the tepid massage applied. Only 48% of the guardians got information about tepid massage, and 52.8% of the guardians got this information from the medical team. There were significant differences according to the education background about tepid massage (p<.001) and past hospital admissions history. There were differences according to whether their child had experience with febrile seizure(p=.085) and having more than one child at home (p=.085). Conclusion: This study revealed that the guardians were incorrectly doing the tepid massage on their children. The results of this study suggest that it is necessary to develop certain emergency nursing processes on accurate information and management strategies about tepid massage, and further studies on the effects of this kind education intervention are necessary.