Ivan Zamorano

Acupunture Treatment

Nurse-delivered aromatherapy in Allina Hospitals, Jodi Baglien


Allina Health Systems is a large
hospital system here in the Twin Cities and they developed an aromatherapy
program, and did some significant research in 2012. What they did is,
they had a, it’s called a transformational nursing program,
where many nurses are getting involved in the healing therapies and
aromatherapy was one of them that they were trained in. So, two women
from Allina developed an aromatherapy program for Allina, and within that
program they did a research project with this. What they did was, they had over
20,000 nurse led aroma therapy interventions, their target, their
therapeutic goals were for anxiety and stress, pain, and for nausea. So, what
they did was, they chose four essential oils that met those therapeutic goals
and you know that’s one of the things about essential oils, is they do a lot of
things; simultaneously. They chose mandarin, lavender, marjoram, and ginger.
They documented, by these 20,000 nurse led intervention, so they they
provided the treatment, they put them on a 0 to 10 scale, pre and post aromatherapy
treatment to measure the outcomes. What they found was, I think it surprised
them as well, so nausea, 50% decreased, pain was 32% decreased, and anxiety was 38%
decreased. That’s pretty huge. That was
somebody who was reporting with great anxiety, maybe they scaled them
at an eight, and it averaged out to about a two-point reduction down, at zero
to ten pain scale. This was a fantastic research paper and it’s also
from a magnet status hospital. This really is leading the way
for a lot of other hospitals to look at that research, of course many of them
would like to do, and are doing their own research as well, and it
provided a really great starting point for just kind of like, okay
there is something legitimate here, let’s look at this. Especially as the need for
non pharmacological interventions are so, you know, that’s something that has
to change and everybody is asked to change that. Aroma therapy
gave them a big in here! That’s awesome. How did they administer the oil? Oh
yeah, right, they had two methodologies. One was to use a
simple, what we call an aroma stick or an inhaler, similar to the little white
tubes that were being used, like an old Vicks inhaler. The
aromatherapy would be on a cotton wick inside the inhaler, and the patient was
to use it and directed to just breathe normally with it, for two to
three minutes. Then the other way was with a very low concentrations, about
a two percent concentration of topically applied essential oils in a carrier oil,
and I know that they use fractionated coconut like I do, so it’s just 2%
essential oil. They could either have it applied topically or use the inhaler
and that’s how they got those results. for that research poster, they were
just using those two methods of delivery. mm-hmm That’s easy to do, you can
bring that with you wherever you go. That’s something that someone can
definitely use even afterward. Exactly. Being able to go home with that portable
inhaler was nice as well. Did they have any concerns come out of
the study? One of the, I think also a surprise to them, was out of those twenty
thousand documented interventions, there was not one single adverse effect
reported. The big concerns are always in a hospital setting, is overwhelming smell
for other people, allergies and asthma, and you know in an
acute care setting, you absolutely have to control that. One of the things
that’s another reason why they went to the aromatherapy patch. Because like an
inhaler, it is very individualized. That person isn’t reeking of essential oils
and then the person next to them finds that not tolerable. Great care has to
be taken, in just keeping it individualized. Those are
really always the concerns, but the program developers very well trained in
essential oils and addressed all of the sent policies at the hospital that had
to be addressed. iI was a huge project to move it through a system like that, who
hadn’t explored this before. And from the quality side of things, to
overall safety, there was a lot to consider. They did so great. Of
course, they’ve continued to, now we’re over, I think that they’re close to over
seventy thousand aromatherapy applications between their sites, and
now they’ve brought in the patches and so it’s just expanding and we see it
growing really fast. That’s great. Yeah they’re really happy with the patch as
well because it means it’s so simple for everybody.

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