Hospitalized Patient Experience

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There is a great deal of anxiety that hospitalized patient experience. When people are hospitalized, they lose control: what was once easily done is now harder to do. Some abilities lost include losing the ability to move freely within the hospital and possibly the ability to breathe if hospitalized for a respiratory issue. Other lost abilities may include the ability to bathe and walk independently. For example, patients who suffer a cardiovascular event, like a myocardial infarction (MI), or surgeries which include Stent placements for occluded vessels and Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgeries, lose the ability to do many activities of daily living. Therefore, high-risk cardiac events and surgeries cause anxiety for both the patient and…show more content…
Patients are often sent to Intensive Care Units (ICU) for increased monitoring by the nursing staff, but the uncertainty of a patient’s outcome when admitted to the ICU produces an increased amount of anxiety (Mirbastegan et al., 2016). There was a single blind, randomized clinical trial performed: the participants were selected by the permuted block randomization method. The intervention group consisted of 15 males and 15 females, and so was the control group. The participants of the clinical trial were ages 30-70, diagnosed with MI, had stable hemodynamic status, no history of mental disorders addiction nor anti-anxiety drugs and had a score of 20 or more from the Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory scale (STAI-Test) (Mirbastegan et al., 2016). The participants were given a piece of tissue paper with three dots of lavender and were asked to breathe normally for 30 minutes three times a day. The participants were then evaluated using the STAI-Test, and their vital signs were also taken. The results show an improvement in vital signs and a lower STAI score. There was also a reduction of…show more content…
The use of alternative treatments like aromatherapy is still under investigation, but some reports speak to its benefits. The public is still hesitant whether to use these alternative therapy, because not enough physicians and medical personnel endorse these treatment options, but it can treat chronic pain and anxiety before surgery (Lakhan, Sheafer, & Tepper, 2016). Patients have reported improved pain with the use of message therapy and that of essential oils such as lavender. Some patients report a pain of a 10 on a scale of 0-10 before message therapy, but and an hour later, report a pain of five. Therefore, the pain reassessment improved with the use of an alternative therapy (Lakhan et al., 2016). Treating patients holistically includes the use of alternative treatments, like aromatherapy, so alternative treatments should be advertised more frequently by, physicians and medical personnel. In addition to treating the patient with medications, physicians should also consider the use of alternative therapies, like using lavender, which reduces anxiety in preoperative patients (Babashahi, Fayazi & Mardanian-Dehkordi,
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