Working in a hospital’s ER is one of the most stressful jobs around: it is fast paced, hectic and requires you to think and respond quickly to provide the care your patients need and deserve. On top of the stress, most people will agree that hospitals have an unusual smell that adds to the discomfort. Many patients and staff members find the odor unpleasant and a bit depressing.
The ER’s wellness center at the Vanderbilt Hospital in Tennessee decided to try an experiment that involved using doTERRA essential oils. The goal was to try and boost productivity, improve mood and get rid of that hospital smell by using aromatherapy in its ER. The results are amazing and even a little surprising to many of the nurses and doctors working at Vanderbilt. Using aromatherapy to boost productivity was a hit!
Vanderbilt’s Aromatherapy To Boost Productivity Experiment
The Emergency Room management placed several diffusers throughout the ER department.
They choose essential oils that are known for their ability to decrease stress and improve energy: wild orange, lime, citrus bliss and lemon doTERRA essential oils to use in the diffusers.
Many of the staff members were very skeptic about the benefits of using aromatherapy in their work environment. They believed that diffusing essential oils would probably make the ER smell nice but that it would not have any effect on their mood or ability to be more productive.
The Results of the Experiment
doTERRA Lavender Essential Oil 15 ml The result of the experiment was remarkable. Many of the skeptics became believers and were amazed at the difference diffusing essential oils actually made. The hospital surveyed more than 100 staff members before using essential oils and then again afterwards.
Here are the results of those surveys:
- Before the hospital started using the oils, 41 percent of the staff members said they were stressed out when at work. After using them, only 3 percent still felt stressed.
- Before the oils were used, 60 percent of the staff said they were frustrated and that number went down to 6 percent after implementing aromatherapy.
- 84 percent of the staff members agree that using the oils help to create a more positive work environment.
The results were so amazing that some of the staff members said they starting using essential oils at home. It greatly improved the smell of the ER as well. Instead of that bad, depressing odor, patients said the hospital now has a pleasant smell. Watch the video to see the report on Vanderbilt ER using essential oils by Fox 17 News.
Those who support aromatherapy and believe in its therapeutic benefits also believe that it can help patients. These supporters agree that diffusing essential oils would make an excellent complementary therapy to the medical treatments they provide, by helping patients relax and stay calm.
The ER’s wellness center considers the experiment to be a success and plan to publish the results. In the future, more and more hospitals may add aromatherapy to their facilities to eliminate that depressing odor, improve the overall mood of the staff and to increase productivity.
The Vanderbilt ER uses aromatherapy to boost productivity, improve mood and to eliminate that bad hospital odor with remarkable results.