cleveland clinic

in their Integrative Therapies program

authored by D.J.R., RRT, RM.
Co-Chairman, Integrative Therapies,
Cleveland Clinic Healing Services Team

“Under the direction of Dr. Toby Cosgrove, a true visionary and President/CEO of The Cleveland Clinic-a $5 bil­lion healthcare system, we became the first major academic medical center to make patient experience a strate­gic goal, and the first major healthcare system to appoint a Chief Experience Officer.

We adopted the Planetree philosophy and have branded our own Cleveland Clinic version, Patients First. Our Patients First program as­sures world class care that addresses the patient’s physical comfort as well as their educational, emotional, and spiritual needs. Our Healing Services program is an integral part of our Patients First program and under the Integrative Therapies umbrella, the Healing Services Team provides Reiki, massage, guided imagery and aro­matherapy to our staff and patients.

We initially began by using essential oils on our medical/surgical floor. We encouraged and gave financial as­sistance to the charge nurse to become a certified aromatherapist. She is now a member of both the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists, and has done a won­derful job of clinically integrating essential oils into our daily practice. In order to insure consistent quality, we use Young Living Oils exclusively. Most of the oils are used Neat, (undiluted), and others are diluted with extra virgin olive oil depending on each situation. We also diffuse Young Living Essential Oils at nursing stations, in our PACU, physician’s lounges, and in some offices.

Over the last year, our charge nurse has done several in-services and training sessions throughout the hospital. Through her tireless efforts she has created solid educational relationships with both our orthopedic and general surgery doctors, and regularly gets consults on all floors of the hospital. She is currently working to educate our medical doctors to get them onboard as well.

We regularly treat gout, neuropathy, carpel tunnel, sinusitis, headaches, abdominal pain, kidney stone pain, neuralgia, tennis elbow, arthritis, back pain, leg cramps, post-op hip and knee pain and whatever else comes our way. Each patient’s need, including which Young Living Essential Oils were used, is documented in our elec­tronic charting so we can track their outcomes. We always have a good stock of Young Living lavender, pep­permint, Peace and Calming, lemongrass, Thieves and plenty of single oils to make blends for gout.

We have great expectations for the future of our aromatherapy program and hope to train enough folks to cover our Cancer Care Center and Pain Clinic, and look forward to the day we can do clinical studies on arthritis, post-op nausea, and hypertension.

We would never even entertain the idea of using any other essential oil in our hospital. Young Living Essential Oils not only provide us with the level of quality we expect, but they are always consistent in their formulation so we are assured of the best possible outcomes for our patients.

— with Laura Ahmed Franks.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”   Benjamin Franklin


Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2011 7:46 PM
D.J.R., RRT, RM. Co-Chairman, Integrative Therapies, Cleveland Clinic Healing Services Team

Post included, “We also diffuse Young Living Essential Oils at nursing stations, in our PACU, physicians’ lounges, and in some offices”.
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