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Published on September 07, 2020

ED Nurses Win National Award

Two Cone Health MedCenter High Point nurses show aromatherapy lessens pain.

The Emergency Nurses Association has recognized the work of two Cone Health MedCenter High Point emergency department nurses for their research related to pain control.

Adam Brown and Cindy ReedAdam N. Brown, RN, and Cindy Reed, RN, received the “Best Research Poster” honor from the professional organization. Their poster outlines their findings related to the ability of aromatherapy for pain control in the emergency department. 

“We were able to demonstrate that a true therapeutic effect exists when aromatherapy is used for the purpose of lowering an individual’s level of pain,” says Brown. 

Brown, Reed, Denise Rhew, PhD, RN, Crystal Adkins, RN, and Merle Tai, RN, were part of the research efforts. The study evaluated the effectiveness of a combination of lavender, sweet marjoram and pink grapefruit oils on a patient’s perception of pain. Further research is needed, but these findings could ultimately reduce the use of opioids in an emergency department.

“In the midst of the current opioid epidemic, one potential source to treat pain can be aromatherapy with essential oils,” says Brown.

Brown and Reed have also recently been recognized as 2020 North Carolina Great 100 Nurses.