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United States : Nurses Study on Essential Oils Helps Cardiac Rehab Patients Improve Sleep Quality.

Patients in the Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Texas Health Fort Worth are not losing much sleep over their recovery thanks to Brenda McDonnell, B.S.N., R.N., CCAP, PCCN-K.

McDonnell, who has been a nurse at Texas Health Fort Worth for 10 years, recently established an aromatherapy program on the Cardiac Rehabilitation unit to help patients heal with essential oils.

I am passionate about the use of aromatherapy in the hospital setting, McDonnell said. When administered safely and used as a complementary medicine, patients can have great benefits.

Texas Healths policy requires a certified clinical aromatherapy practitioner (CCAP) to oversee an aromatherapy program on a hospital unit, McDonnell explained.

When I began working in Cardiac Rehab, there was not a CCAP, so I decided to pursue this certification, she said.

McDonnell conducted an eight-month-long research study, with the support of Texas Health nurse scientist Patty Newcomb, Ph.D., R.N., on the Effects of Essential Oils on Sleep Among Cardiac Rehabilitation Patients.

The study aimed to determine if there was a significant difference in the sleep quality of cardiac rehabilitation patients exposed to the aroma of an essential oil mixture compared to those not exposed. Lack of sleep or poor sleep quality is linked to cardiovascular morbidity in epidemiological studies, according to McDonnells research abstract.

Her study found that the number of hours people slept didnt change, but that they had better quality sleep when using the oils.

McDonnell continues to track pre- and post-intervention results, which remain positive. She uses aromatherapy for her patients in the traditional Cardiac Rehab program on an as needed basis, especially when a patient indicates sleep disturbances upon initial assessment or at any point during the three-phase Cardiac Rehab program.

Weve also used aromatherapy to help assist patients with smoking cessation and relieve stress, she said. Aromatherapy is also frequently used during weekly yoga classes that are offered to our patients.

At this time, patients are not charged for the aromatherapy services.

I love seeing my patients get well, enjoying exercise and making healthy lifestyle changes they can live with, Brenda said.

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Date:Dec 15, 2017
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