Prevention and control of nausea and vomiting (emesis) (N&V) are paramount in the treatment of cancer patients. N&V can result in serious metabolic derangements, nutritional depletion and anorexia, deterioration of patients’ physical and mental status, esophageal tears, fractures, wound dehiscence, withdrawal from potentially useful and curative antineoplastic treatment, and degeneration of self-care and functional ability. Despite advances in pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic management, N&V remain two of the more distressing and feared side effects to cancer patients and their families, and incidence may be underestimated by physicians and nurses.
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Numerous studies have examined the effects of aromatherapy as a treatment for nausea:
Hunt et al. conducted a randomized-trial of aromatherapy with patients who reported nausea in the postanesthesia care unit. Patients who complained of nausea received a gauze pad saturated with a randomly chosen aromatherapy agent and were told to inhale deeply 3 times; nausea was then measured again in 5 minutes. The change in nausea levels was significant concluding that aromatherapy would be effective as a treatment, and is a promising inexpensive, noninvasive treatment. Aromatherapy as Treatment for Post-Operative Nausea
Anderson et al. study the effect of aromatherapy on 33 surgery patients who complained of nausea in the PACU. Patients indicated the severity and then received randomized aromatherapy by inhaling vapors from scented gauze pads. Nausea levels were tested again 2 and 5 minutes later. Overall nausea scores decreased, and patients were satisfied overll with postoperative nausea management. Aromatherapy effectively reduced the perceived severity of postoperative nausea. Aromatherapy with Peppermint
Lane et al. examined the effect of peppermint spirits in postoperative nausea in women following a C-section. 35 women complaining of postoperative nausea were assessed and administered the assigned intervention, and then reassessed 2 and 5 minutes after. Participants in all three intervention groups had similar baseline levels; however when tested 2 and 5 minutes after, the nausea levels of participants in the peppermint spirits groups were significantly lower than those of participants in the other 2 groups. Peppermint may be a useful adjunct in the treatment of postoperative nausea. Peppermint Aromatherapy on Nausea