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Worth of Every Penny - January 2021 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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M ost patients are nervous before surgery, especially now when family members and loved ones are unable to wait with them due to COVID-19 restrictions. That's why we tap into the calming effects of aromatherapy. We hand out lavender aro- matherapy inhalers in pre-op, and most patients say inhaling the scent decreases their anxiety levels. The inhaler, which costs about $1.50, looks like a lipstick container with a cotton ball inside that's been soaked in essential oils. Patients also have access to the inhalers in the PACU, and even take them home for use during their recoveries. Thomas Koehler, BSN, RN, CNOR John Muir Hospital Walnut Creek, Calif. tkrn.bsn1@gmail.com J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 1 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 9 BREATHE EASY Lavender Scent Calms Anxious Patients Do you have an Idea That Works you'd like us to feature in a future issue? Send it to ideas@outpatientsurgery.net SWEET SMELL Aromatherapy is an easy and inexpensive way to put patients at ease. Thomas Koehler

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