EFT in a surgical ward

Using EFT instead of using pharmaceuticals

By Helen P Bressler

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I hope you enjoy this article which occurred during the end of my nurse training. 

Whilst working in an orthopedic center one of my patients had two surgical drains in-situ. One drain had already been removed a couple of days earlier. The removal had apparently caused a great deal of discomfort and 'Jeff' had screamed out. Jeff was understandably very worried about having the second drain removed. Also, on the afternoon that I had taken over Jeff's care the ward was short staffed and extremely busy. I therefore had very little time to dedicate to Jeff and the removal of the drain.

At the beginning of the shift I told Jeff that his drain was due to come out that afternoon and suggested a strong analgesia be given an hour prior to the task. Jeff was only comfortable with taking acetaminophen, a very weak pain reliever that is not expected to even touch the pain involved.

An hour later when I returned to remove the drain I asked Jeff if he had ever heard of EFT to which he replied that he had not. I explained that EFT was an effective system of addressing emotional and physical discomfort by tapping gently on various points. Jeff was very interested in acupuncture and the meridian system and was happy to try EFT.

As mentioned above, the time allocated to Jeff was extremely limited and so I had to prioritize. We performed the setup by Jeff rubbing on his sore spot whilst I cleaned the drain area and removed the stitch holding the drain tube in-situ. I then asked Jeff to tap on the collar bone point.

It must be highlighted that no words were used, either during the setup or with Jeff tapping on his collar bone point. As Jeff lay on his side tapping on his collarbone point I removed the drain, cleaned the wound and redressed the area. Jeff had flinched slightly but was amazed that the drain had come out with only minimal discomfort.

Helen P Bressler


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Author's Bio:

Helen holds a bachelor’s degree with suma cum laude honors from Oxford Brookes University and is certified in EFT, Z Point and Professional Coaching. Helen is also a registered nurse and ordained minister. She has over two decades of experience in the area of self-development; and works with individuals, groups and couples with great success.

Her wealth of experience and knowledge make her invaluable in the area of self-development. She is widely renowned as a self development expert and transformational coach and has helped hundreds transform their lives.

Helen uses EFT and Z Point to diminish trauma, blocks and isempowering beliefs which get in the way of discovering  or achieving what we really want. Furthermore, she optimizes growth and facilitates direction. She helps people improve relationships and health, clear emotional baggage, reduce stress and unleash potential. She creates tailor-made sessions that perfectly suit the needs of her clients.

Clients have reported feeling happier, healthier, more peaceful and more aware of their life purpose as a result of working with Helen.

Helen co-authored '101 Ways to Enhance Your Career' and has had countless articles published both electronically and in paper form. As part of her own continuing development she is currently working towards her license in marriage and family therapy.

Helen is available for individual, group, family and couples sessions. Visit her website for further information and details of how to contact Helen: www.optimumevolution.com


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