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Aromatherapy In Clinical Settings To Improve Care And Outcomes.

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Essential oils are a new tool in holistic nursing care; with various hospital units in the US, Europe, and around the world establishing aromatherapy practices to improve patient in-hospital experiences.

Texas Health Fort Worth is setting the gold standard in the US. Nurses at the hospital are required to be a certified clinical aromatherapy practitioner (CCAP), a course offered by R.J. Buckle Associates, to initiate and oversee an aromatherapy program in their hospital unit. The hospital has run small pilot studies monitoring the effects of essential oils, and currently utilizes essential oils on a case-by-case basis on patients in units with a CCAP. In their Cardiac Care unit, nurses monitored the use of lavendin, bergamot, and ylang ylang to help patients achieve better sleep.

Intermountain Healthcare, a not-for-profit system of 23 hospitals, educates their patients on "medical aromatherapy"; and supplies their nurses and physicians with lemon, lavender, and peppermint essential oils for use on patients during inpatient procedures to help soothe signs of nausea and calm the body.


Generally regarded as safe with low to no side effects, aromatherapy is slowly gaining traction as the best complement to conventional treatment to improve patient quality of life in hospital settings. The leading desired behavioral or physical outcomes in patients are to reduce signs of stress in the body, encouraging a restful sleep, and to reduce nausea. Essential oils that have sedative, nervine, anxiolytic, and balancing therapeutic actions are most often selected for hospital settings. Essential oils have a strong action on the central nervous and immune systems; making them the perfect choice to reduce pain and stress responses in the body "https://www.valleyhealthsystemlv.com/resources/health-news-magazine-online-spring-2018/introducing-our-comfort-menu", encourage better sleep "https://www.texashealth.org/news/nurses-study-on-essential-oils-helps-cardiac-rehab-patients-improve-sleep-quality", reduce nausea and feelings of unease "https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/quality/why-one-iowa-hospital-uses-essential-oils-in-its-er.html", and uplift mood and attitude "https://chicagohealthonline.com/healing-power-of-aromatherapy/".


These clinical observations are revealing positive results in cases where aromatherapy has been utilized in hospital units as a complementary care tool. Essential oils are also starting to become used as a tool to minimize bad odors and for behavioral outcomes in clinic staff, such as to uplift and re-energize after long shift hours.


References

https://www.nursingcenter.com/cearticle?an=00000446-201602000-00023&Journal_ID=54030&Issue_ID=3300710 

https://www.pierre-fabre.com/en/news/aromatherapy-why-essential-oils-are-being-used-hospitals

https://www.kgstiles.com/wp-content/uploads/files/ResearchStudyStressICUNursesUsingLavender&ClarySageEssentialOilsPubDateSpring2008.pdf

https://www.texashealth.org/news/nurses-study-on-essential-oils-helps-cardiac-rehab-patients-improve-sleep-quality

https://intermountainphysician.org/_layouts/Custom/KnowledgeRepository/KrDocumentFetch.aspx?target=document&ncid=525974655&tfrm=default

https://intermountainhealthcare.org/services/pediatrics/services/integrative-medicine/biofeedback-and-medical-aromatherapy/


Selection of hospitals and institutions utilizing essential oils:


Desert Samaritan Medical Center - Mesa, Arizona
Fountain Valley Hospital - Fountain Valley, California
Orange Coast Memorial Hospital - Fountain Valley, California
Saddleback Medical Center - Laguna Hills, California
Midway Hospital - Los Angeles, California
Children’s Hospital and Health Center - San Diego, California
San Diego Hospice - San Diego, California
California Pacific Medical Center - San Francisco, California
O'Connor Hospital - San Jose, California
Aspen Valley Hospital - Aspen, Colorado
Memorial Hospital - Colorado Springs, Colorado
St. Anthony Hospitals, Centura Health - Englewood, Colorado
Gunnison Valley Hospital - Gunnison, Colorado
Griffin Hospital - Derby, Connecticut
St. Francis Medical Center - Hartford, Connecticut
Windham Community Memorial Hospital - Willimantic, Connecticut
Holy Cross Hospital - Sunrise, Florida
Northside Hospital - Atlanta, Georgia
North Hawaii Community Hospital - Kameula, Hawaii
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital - Barrington, Illinois
St. James Health and Wellness Institute - Chicago, Illinois
Advocate Healthcare - Oakbrook, Illinois
Deaconess Hospital - Evansville, Indiana
Riverview Hospital - Noblesville, Indiana
Memorial Health System - South Bend, Indiana
Charlton Health System - Fall River, Massachusetts
St. Luke's Health Care System - New Bedford, Massachusetts
Morton Hospital and Medical Center - Taunton, Massachusetts
Tobey Health Systems - Wareham, Massachusetts
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute - Detroit, Michigan
Bronson Methodist Hospital - Kalamazoo, Michigan
Mercy Hospital Group - Port Huron, Michigan
St. John's Health - Warren, Michigan
Children's Hospital - St. Paul, Minnesota
Regions Hospital - St. Paul, Minnesota
St. Peter Community Hospital - St. Paul, Minnesota
Woodwinds Health Campus - Woodbury, Minnesota
Barnes-Jewish Hospital - St. Louis, Missouri
St. Luke's Hospital - Chesterfield, Missouri
Bergen Mercy Medical Center - Omaha, Nebraska
St. Rose Dominican Hospital - Henderson, Nevada
Wentworth-Douglas Hospital - Dover, New Hampshire
Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center-Camden, New Jersey
St. Barnabas Health Care System - Hackensack, New Jersey
Mountainside Medical Center - Montclair, New Jersey
Bellevue Women's Hospital - Albany, New York
St. Peter's Medical Center - Albany, New York
Northern Westchester Hospital Center-Mount Kisco, New York
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center - New York, New York
Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital - New York, New York
New York-Weill Cornell Children's Hospital-New York, New York
Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital - Elkin, North Carolina
Iredell Memorial Hospital - Statesville, North Carolina
Children's Hospital Medical Center - Akron, Ohio
Highline Community Hospital - Burien, Washington
Elmbrook Memorial Hospital - Brookfield, Wisconsin
Alliance Community Hospital -; Alliance, Ohio
Cleveland Clinic Health System - Chagrin Falls, Ohio
UHHS Bainbridge Health Center - Chagrin Falls, Ohio
University Hospitals' Health System - Cleveland, Ohio
Mercy Health Center - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital-Fort Worth, Texas
St. Charles Medical Center - Bend, Oregon
Mid-Columbia Medical Center - The Dalles, Oregon
Elk Regional Health Center - Elk, Pennsylvania
St. Peter's Hospital - Jeanette, Pennsylvania
Windber Medical Center - Windber, Pennsylvania

 

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