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J Perianesth Nurs. 2012 Aug;27(4):246-51. doi: 10.1016/j.jopan.2012.01.013.

The effect of aromatherapy on postoperative nausea in women undergoing surgical procedures.

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Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11571, USA.

Abstract

Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) is a common source of patient discomfort and decreased satisfaction. Aromatherapy has been identified as a complementary modality for the prevention and management of PONV. The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of aromatherapy on the severity of postoperative nausea (PON) in women undergoing surgical procedures in the postanesthesia care unit. Women complaining of PON received traditional antiemetics, inhalation of peppermint oil, or saline vapor. A visual analog scale was used to rate nausea at the first complaint; at 5 minutes after intervention; and, if nausea persisted, at 10 minutes after intervention. At both 5 and 10 minutes, statistical analysis showed no significant differences between intervention and nausea rating. Obtaining eligible subjects was challenging. Although many women consented, most received intraoperative antiemetics and did not report nausea postoperatively.

PMID:
22828020
DOI:
10.1016/j.jopan.2012.01.013
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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