The Tullamore Nursing Development Unit (NDU), since its inception in 1993, has been engaged in improving the quality of nursing practice offered to the patients in the NDU and in the hospital as a whole. Many areas of patient care have been addressed, including some of the more tenacious problems, which have often proved resistant to traditional nursing care. One such problem is sleep disturbance, especially in the older patient. In order to try to improve the care available, the staff of the NDU have had to adopt some alternatives to the traditional way of thinking.
A diagnosis of polyarthritis and later Chron's disease was initially treated by traditional treatments and medicines, which was later supported by aromatherapy and acupuncture, but the turning point to a full recovery followed from a visit to a naturopath and the commencement of an individual/personal diet regime. Over the months of the acute phase of the illness, a valuable insight was gained to the challenges of a physical disability and the difficulties of immobility, and the loss of independence.
The elderly, terminally ill patient often experiences physical, emotional, and spiritual pain. While pharmacology remains the cornerstone of pain management, non-pharmacologic methods can serve as adjuncts for pain relief, and also serve to enhance the overall quality of the patient's life. Neurostimulation, such as TENS unit, acupuncture, and massage, are based on the gate theory of pain control. These treatments can be useful particularly in muscular pain.
A number of recent psychological investigations has suggested a significant role for olfactory stimulation in the alteration of cognition, mood and social behaviour. These orthodox investigations have a common, if uneasy, relationship with the holistic practice of so-called aromatherapy. This paper reviews the therapeutic effects of dour on health-related behaviour. It distinguishes two types of research activity, one which is quantitative and science- and medicine-based, the other which is qualitative and anecdote- and experience-based.
This paper examines the potential dangers for pregnant, labouring, and newly delivered women of using essential oils without adequate knowledge of the actions of the chemical constituents of the oils. Although the discussion focuses specifically on the use of essential oils by midwives, the principles could equally apply to other health professionals.
Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery to bypass blocks in the vascular pipeline can correct an acute problem, but it doesn't treat the underlying disease. This cardiac surgical team from a leading medical center explains why and how music therapy, aromatherapy, hypnosis, diet, and other modalities can be used to complement and extend the effect of the surgical repair.
As more and more care moves to the home setting, the ability to undergo a surgical procedure from the comfort of your own home may not be that far away. As for the operating room itself, patient care will be radically different than it has been in the past. Radiologists, assisted by computers and robots, may be performing procedures on patients "anesthetized" by acupuncture, therapeutic touch and aromatherapy in a totally bloodless environment.
Nursing Standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain): 1987)
Psoriasis is an uncomfortable, inflammatory skin disease for which there is no cure but which can be managed at an acceptable level for the individual. This article explores the use of aromatherapy as an alternative management approach. The author describes a range of treatment outcomes, which show both physiological and psychological benefits.