Nurses Using Scented Oils to Curb Nausea
If a patient comes into an emergency room with a sprained ankle, nurses can quickly apply ice to begin relieving pain before a doctor arrives.
There’s not much they can do in a hurry, however, to combat nausea and vomiting, a common complaint in the ER.
While it’s difficult to track, the use of the plant-derived, scented oils has begun cropping up in some health systems in Nebraska and across the country.
Methodist Health System, for instance, has been using the oils in oncology and recovery rooms for about a year. Nurses also have seen success with them as an early intervention for laboring moms and have been giving them to those who have had cesarean sections.