Effect of lavender aromatherapy on pain following needle insertion into a fistula

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#IVTEAM #Intravenous literature: Bagheri-Nesami, M., Espahbodi, F., Nikkhah, A., Shorofi, S.A. and Charati, J.Y. (2014) The effects of lavender aromatherapy on pain following needle insertion into a fistula in hemodialysis patients. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 20(1), p.1-4.

Abstract:

OBJECTIVE: This study sought to determine the effects of lavender aromatherapy on pain following needle insertion into a fistula in patients undergoing hemodialysis.

METHOD: This is a randomized controlled clinical trial in which 92 patients undergoing hemodialysis with arteriovenous fistulas were randomly divided into two groups. The experimental-group patients inhaled lavender essence with a concentration of 10% for 5 min during 3 hemodialysis sessions, while the control-group patients received aromatherapy free of lavender essence.

RESULTS: The mean VAS pain intensity score in the experimental and control groups before the intervention was 3.78 ± 0.24 and 4.16 ± 0.32, respectively (p = 0.35). The mean VAS pain intensity score in the experimental and control groups after three aromatherapy sessions was 2.36 ± 0.25 and 3.43 ± 0.31, respectively (p = 0.009).

CONCLUSION: Lavender aromatherapy may be an effective technique to reduce pain following needle insertion into a fistula in hemodialysis patients.

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