Teen ’s idea leads to surgical innovations at Aurora St. Luke’s

When 16-year-old Kailah Cathey has free time, she often reaches for a book. But what she pulls off her shelf isn ’t your typical young adult or popular fiction. She reads medical books and dreams of becoming a surgeon. Aromatherapy and its calming and healing effects is a particular interest of Cathey’s. She wondered how it might benefit patients undergoing medical procedures. And now, she’s playing a role in answering that question. Dr. Richard Rovin, a neurosurgeon at Advocate Aurora Health,…
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: The role of aromatherapy in supportive symptom management for pediatric patients receiving palliative care has been underexplored. This pilot study aimed to measure the impact of aromatherapy using validated child-reported nausea, pain, and mood scales 5 minutes and 60 minutes after aromatherapy exposure. METHODS: The 3 intervention arms included use of a symptom-specific aromatherapy sachet scent involving deep breathing. The parallel default control arm (for those children with medical exclusion criteria to aromatherapy) included use of a visual imagery picture envelope and deep breathin...
Source: Palliative and Supportive Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Tags: Palliat Support Care Source Type: research
This randomized, blinded clinical trial evaluated the effects of aromatherapy on medical office–induced anxiety in children with an autism spectrum disorder. Patients awaiting office visits were randomized into an aromatherapy group and a control group. After adjusting for baseline scores, there was no significant difference between the 2 groups.
Source: Holistic Nursing Practice - Category: Nursing Tags: FEATURES Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Aromatherapy with lavender essential oil and orange essential oil might reduce fatigue in hemodialysis patients. PMID: 31383445 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Clin Pract Source Type: research
Post-operative nausea and vomiting (PONV) is one of the most common and distressing anesthesia related complications after surgery. Of the patients that experience PONV, 30% of patients experience vomiting while 50% experience nausea. High risk patients may have rates up to 80% (Odom-Forren, 2018). Patients need alternatives to the pharmacological interventions already provided. Aromatherapy inhalers with ginger, lavender, spearmint, and peppermint are a complementary, homeopathic, and a non-pharmacological option.
Source: Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: ASPAN National Conference Abstract Source Type: research
Essential oils are complex chemical compounds extracted from various parts of plants. Research has demonstrated that aromatherapy using certain essential oils can reduce nausea and vomiting. A significant number of bariatric surgery patients experience post-operative nausea and vomiting (PONV) and may benefit from the addition of aromatherapy to standard antiemetic therapy.
Source: Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: ASPAN National Conference Abstract Source Type: research
Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) rates after surgery with general anesthesia have been estimated at 20% - 57%. There is strong evidence that demonstrates that female patients undergoing general anesthesia have a higher risk of PONV than males. Holistic approaches to treat nausea have been well studied, and provide a potential supplement or alternative to traditional pharmacological treatments, although strong evidence is lacking.
Source: Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: ASPAN National Conference Abstract Source Type: research
Conclusion Acupuncture and acupressure worked on both physiological aspects of pain and the subjective nature of pain. The warm bath, music therapy, aromatherapy, and breathing techniques promoted relaxation and decreased the levels of anxiety. Thermal therapies contributed to local analgesia in regions affected by pain. Exercises with the Swiss ball were important for pain relief, and the vertical position was important for labor.
Source: Acta Paulista de Enfermagem - Category: Nursing Source Type: research
The objective of this study was to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis to examine the effects of aromatherapy on sleep improvements. METHODS: A search of randomized controlled trials was conducted in four English and two Chinese medical electronic databases. Two authors independently performed the search, assessed the methodological quality, and extracted data. Then, final studies were selected after consensus with the third author. RESULTS: In total, 31 trials met the inclusion criteria, of which four had low risk, while the overall bias in 26 was uncertain in terms of methodological quality. The heter...
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
People living with dementia should be offered activities such as exercise, aromatherapy, art, gardening, baking, reminiscence therapy, music therapy, mindfulness and animal assisted therapy to help promote their wellbeing. The recommendation comes in NICE's updated quality standard on dementia published 28 June 2019. It says people living with dementia and people involved in their care should be given the opportunity to talk about their life experiences, preferences, interests, strengths with a healthcare professional. This can help the person living with dementia to choose activities to promote wellbeing that suit their p...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
The use of essential oils is growing in the United States, but clinician attitudes, experience, and beliefs regarding their use have not previously been studied.
Source: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
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