Nursing

Offer your patients a healing touch

Nurse Leader Insider, November 16, 2007

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For the past 15 years, more than 100 U.S. hospitals have integrated healing touch therapy into their daily care regimens to speed patient recovery time and ease pain. According to USA Today, Healing Touch International, a non-profit Colorado-based certification group, reports more than 86,000 nurses and other healthcare professionals use healing touch therapy in hospitals and private practices. Although limited clinical trials have been conducted, strong anecdotal evidence points to this non-invasive therapy's efficiency at reducing pain, speeding wound healing, and improving general patient well-being.

La Jolla, CA-based Scripps Green Hospital offers healing touch therapy to all its open-heart surgery patients with reported success. Furthermore, the article notes that skeptical pain management directors and doctors alike are unable to deny the noted pain relief and patient improvement yielded by the therapy. Since the procedure is completely risk-free, many hospitals offer the service at no extra cost.

Sources: USA Today, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation



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