CDiff Smell? - page 4

Sorry if this sounds gross :) but i keep reading on these msg boards that one of the worse smells in nursing is from a pt witf CDiff after they go to the bathroom. How does it smell differently... Read More

  1. by   Nightcrawler
    How about the pee you get after someone gets their banana bag for ETOH withdrawal. I swear, the combination of the smell of urine, alcohol and multivitamin gets me every time. I don't think that I will ever get used to that one. I would prefer the smell of c-diff any day
  2. by   Warpster
    WeeBabyRN wrote, "I think it smells like road kill on a 100 degree day mixed with silent but deadly flatus."

    Yeah, that's the one. Once you smell it, you can diagnose it when you get off the elevator on your floor, trust me.

    The good news is that eventually you get used to it, and it's just another diagnostic tool, that sense of smell for things you don't particularly want to know.
  3. by   dwills302
    Congratulations on passing your boards!!!
  4. by   cjudesaenz
    Wow... this thread is insane... it kind of freaking me out... thank god for my iron stomach... to bad I have an acute sense of smell... Looking forward to using the old schnozola when I start clincials... WOW just WOW...
  5. by   hecete
    yuck, you can definately diagnose c-diff
    by the unforgetable smell. i actually had another nurse order stool for c-diff on a resident that was constipated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. by   EmmaG
    Lots of unique smells... Cdiff, GI bleed, bowel obstructions, infections, neuro, renal, liver, etc. And thankfully one I don't encounter so much anymore, advanced cervical cancer.
  7. by   CitrusBeeRN
    Earthy...almost like the smell of compost...but worse.
  8. by   BlueEyedRN
    Quote from Seven, RN2b
    A question that I have been wanting to ask - but, didn't know how to bring it up (and this thread gave me the perfect opportunity) - Is it inappropriate to gag when dealing with these smells (stool, vomit, etc)? How do you control gagging? Or do you "just get used to it" and you eventually don't have those kinds of reactions?
    If you can tell from outside the room that you are going to gag, wear a mask, spray something in it or use mentholatum, and breathe through your mouth. I've gagged in front of patients before, but it was pretty bad and honestly, they knew it and were embarrassed, but understood. A lot of times, I just get into a zone when I'm in there working with it, but then outside the room I have to lay my head down for a minute to keep from throwing up. Just try to focus on what you have to do and try not to think about what you've got your (well-gloved) hands in.
  9. by   ERnewbieRN
    Cdiff smells almost... fishy, there is a slight undertone of fishiness to it. It's hard to describe otherwise. One of my other least favorite smells is multivitamins... you know, when you're mixing a banana bag and you can't get the smell of the MVI off your hands! Yuck!
  10. by   nici1978
    i always hated to go into rooms with patients that had cirrhosis of the liver....
    yeeeks
  11. by   pezzy68
    So true, you can tell alot about the patient by smells, even before you read anything about them....
  12. by   NurseKatie08
    Quote from nici1978
    i always hated to go into rooms with patients that had cirrhosis of the liver....
    yeeeks
    yeah how about lactulose poop--ever noticed it smells like windex from the ammonia?
  13. by   michaelarose
    Quote from muhaha
    Sorry if this sounds gross but i keep reading on these msg boards that one of the worse smells in nursing is from a pt witf CDiff after they go to the bathroom.

    How does it smell differently from a normal pt? Thats what i dont get
    Trust me, you don't want to know... All i can tell you is, if you walk into a patient's room after they go to the restroom, and you smell something that makes you want to hurl all the way into next week, then it is safe to suspect your patient has cdiff.

    If you have a stuffy nose, this will open it right up! Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I've noticed patient's that usually get cdiff are patients that are on a lot of antibiotics.

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