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Floyd Memorial Hospital (2013) – Study on the efficacy of aromatherapy in the treatment of post-discharge nausea

QueaseEASE Medical case Study, Floyd Memorial Hospital

A Floyd Memorial Hospital study showed that using QueaseEASE® for post-discharge nausea reduced nausea 100% of the time.  In addition, nearly half experienced complete relief. Findings published in the October 2015 issue of the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing.


Laura Mcilvoy, PhD, RN, CCRN, CNRN, Linda Richmer, BSN, RN, CPAN, Deborah Kramer, ASN, RN, Rita Jackson, BSN, RN, Leslee Shaffer, BSN, RN, Jeffrey Lawrence, MSN, RN, CNOR, Kevin Inman, MSN, RN, CNE

DATE: August 2013



Post-discharge nausea (PDN) is a common complication after surgery with reported incidence rates as high as 35-50%. When nausea occurs postdischarge, patients attempt remedies that are ineffective or take prescribed antiemetics that can have detrimental side effects.


The purpose of this study was to explore the effectiveness of the aromatherapy product QueaseEASE® for decreasing post-discharge nausea (PDN) in patients undergoing outpatient abdominal surgery.


Prospective exploratory study.


Informed consent was obtained preoperatively from a convenience sample of adult patients scheduled for outpatient abdominal surgery procedures. Prior to discharge, subjects were instructed in the use of QueaseEASE® and given instructions on how to rate their nausea on a 0-10 scale. They recorded a nausea score when they experienced nausea, then again 3 minutes after using QueaseEASE®. A study nurse called subjects the next day to collect the information.


The sample included 70 outpatients who underwent abdominal surgery. Twenty-five participants (36%) reported experiencing PDN and their concomitant use of QueaseEASE®. There was a significant difference in mean age of those reporting PDN (37 years) versus those without nausea (48 years, P 5 .004) as well as a significant difference in mean intravenous fluid intake during hospitalization of those reporting PDN (1,310 mL) versus those without nausea (1,511 mL, P 5 .04). The PDN group had more female participants (72% vs 42%, P 5 .02), more participants that were less than 50 years of age (84% vs 53%, P 5 .02), and received more opioids (100% vs 76%, P 5 .006) than the no nausea group.

The 25 PDN participants reported 47 episodes of PDN in which they used 15. QueaseEASE®. For all of the 47 PDN episodes experienced, participants reported a decrease in nausea scale (0 to 10) after the use of QueaseEASE®; for 22 (47%) of the PDN episodes experienced, a nausea scale of 0 after using QueaseEASE® was reported. The mean decrease in nausea scale for all 25 participants was 4.78 (62.12) after using QueaseEASE®.


This study found that the aromatherapy QueaseEASE® was an effective treatment of PDN in select same-day abdominal surgery patients. Every subject that used QueaseEASE® for PDN reported some level of relief from the nausea and in half of all the PDN episodes, the nausea was completely eliminated. This study was limited by a small sample size and lack of a control group. As PDN occurs in approximately one-third of outpatient surgeries and the number of same-day surgeries continues to increase, more research is needed to identify effective self-care strategies for patients who suffer from this debilitating complication.

Mother of 13-year-old patient: “QueaseEASE® has really helped to decrease his anxiety with port access and also prior to procedures under anesthesia. He no longer needs to take Ativan before his port is accessed.”


Aromatherapy is an effective and practical treatment for PDN. Research should focus on the effectiveness of aromatherapy in Phase I and II recovery.

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