Ambulance system uses essential oils to aid patients | KOB 4

Ambulance system uses essential oils to aid patients

Zach Prelutsky, WEAU
May 16, 2018 01:37 PM

EAU CLAIRE, Wisc. (WEAU) – For the 2,220 square miles and 150,000 people Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance serves, not all of their calls are life or death.


That is why the Wisconsin based ambulance service is introducing essential oils as an alternative for patients.

"There's nothing that we've removed from the ambulances as far as treatments for the conditions or situations that we are using the essential oils for," Tri-State's Nick Eastman said. "It's really more to kind of create a more pleasant environment and maybe a better opportunity for them to feel better from whatever it is that's ailing them."

Gundersen Health System has been using the oils in their hospital for a number of years. Tri-State Ambulance first had discussions last year about using essential oils in the field for patients.

"When we look ahead at the opioid crisis, even though there's no evidence that a single ambulance trip with delivery of an opioid pain medicine is actually contributing to the likelihood of someone becoming addicted, it's simply one of those opportunities that we were looking at to give less opioids," Eastman said.

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