Essential oil therapy for alleviation of discomfort in surgical patients
Review TypeNone: Degree-based Submission
Repository Posting Date2020-09-04T18:56:00Z
Author DetailsNenhuan Huang, DNP, MSN, RN, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC; Specialized in holistic nursing and complementary modalities, and evidence-based practice quality improvement projects.
Lead Author Sigma AffliationAlpha Alpha Alpha
Lead Author AffliationUniversity of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, St. Augustine, Florida, USA
TypeDNP Capstone Project
Level of EvidenceQuality Improvement
Research ApproachTranslational Research/Evidence-based Practice
KeywordsEssential Oil Therapy; Aromatherapy; Surgical Pain or Discomfort; Nurse Self-Efficacy; Opioid Usage
Post-surgical pain (PSP) has not been sufficiently managed despite routine opioid use. The adverse effects of opioids led to the search for non-pharmaceutical intervention. The PICOT question that guided this project was, "In an acute hospital surgical setting, does essential oil therapy complement pain and discomfort relief comparing to conventional pain management alone after 6 weeks?” Seven clinical studies, five systematic or integrative reviews, and four conference proceedings were reviewed. The evidence supported lavender essential oil for the alleviation of PSP and discomfort. Patients breathe through a personal lavender essential oil inhaler hourly or every 2 hours. The percentage means of pre and post-intervention pain score reduction were 39.51+-17.73 and 45.77+-19.45. The post-intervention group's mean pain score changed from 51.53 to 27.71 pre and post-opioids. Opioid usage per patient day in two groups was 26.2 mg and 48.6mg in morphine equivalent. Pain scores pre and post essential oil therapy were 6.13 and 2.7. This project did not confirm the statistical significance of pain score reduction but a higher reduction in the post-intervention group. The results were clinically meaningful to offer lavender essential oil to alleviate PSP and discomfort.
Degree GrantorUniversity of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
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