Reiki in Hospitals Patient Outcomes
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A Reiki program was introduced in 1997 at Portsmouth (New Hampshire) Regional Hospital by Patricia Alandydy, Reiki Master and operating room nurse manager, to address patient anxiety before surgery. This program is still in operation and Reiki volunteers cover the hospital seven days a week. If patients request Reiki, it is given the morning of surgery, and an additional 15-20-minute session is given prior to their transport to the operating room. Some patients have also received Reiki in the operating room at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Since the start of the program, Reiki has gained wider acceptance and is not just limited to those patients who are undergoing surgery. Reiki is currently available in every department of the hospital to patients, their visitors and staff. According to Alandydy:
It has been an extremely rewarding experience to see Reiki embraced by such a diverse group of people and spread so far and wide by word of mouth, in a positive light. Patients many times request a Reiki [session] based on the positive experience of one of their friends . It has also been very revealing to see how open-minded the older patient population is to try Reiki. In the hospital setting, Reiki is presented as a technique which reduces stress and promotes relaxation, thereby enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal itself
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