Traditional Chinese Medicine for Complications in Critically Ill Patients

  • End date
    Jun 20, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    China Medical University Hospital
Updated on 4 October 2022


The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of Chinese medicine on common problems in intensive care units.


Introduction: Intensive care unit is a special department in the health care facility. Although with highly development of modern medicine nowadays, the average mortality rate in Intensive care unit is still around 7 to 20 %. There are a few tricky problems that intensivists and intensive care nurses faced very often, including intensive care unit delirium, arrythmia and poor digestion problem that will all affect the mortality and morbidity rate of critical care patients. Traditional Chinese Medicine can possibly provide a series of interventions that can alleviate those conditions.

Methods: A randomized control trial will examine the effect of traditional Chinese Medicine interventions vs. routine intensive care unit care. The patients will be randomly divided 1:1 into one of two groups. A total of 80 intensive care patient will have to meet the following criteria: age 20-90, two or less inotropic medicine use. Interventions such as: Chinese herbal medicine decoction, acupuncture, laser acupuncture, Chinese Tuina massage, herbal medicinal cake applied on acupoint, health education and diet education, will be given based on the patients needs and Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor decision. The main outcomes will be the incidence of arrythmia, delirium, and poor digestion and the severity of pain. The investigators will also record intensive care unit mortality, intensive care unit stays and hospital days.

Condition Critically Ill Patients
Treatment Chinese herbal medicine decoction、Acupuncture or Laser acupuncture pen treatment、Acupoint Tuina massage、Acupoint application、Nursing/Diet and health education and guidance
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05458687
SponsorChina Medical University Hospital
Last Modified on4 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Age 20-90
newly intensive care unit admission (<48 hours)
Two or less inotropic medicine prescribed

Exclusion Criteria

Clinically unstable: receiving more than inotropic agents
Coagulopathy: Prolong Prothrombin Time、activated Partial Thromboplastin Time more than 4 times
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