characteristic c-diff odor?? - page 3

HI.. GOT a question........ I have ben researching c-diff the last couple days..to broaden my learning on it..... But I have also heard that when a pt. has c-diff there is a characteristic smell... Read More

  1. by   dawngloves
    Originally posted by VAC
    C-diff is thousands times more foul smelling than breast milk stools.
    Now see, people say breast milk stools don't stink. I beg to differ! Sh*t is sh*t and it all smells. Now when I get a whiff of diff that's the thing I can most liken it to.
  2. by   newonboard
    Quote from dawngloves
    Yes! That's it! A sweet, kinda funky smell.
    You nailed it. "sweet, funky smell"
  3. by   Hygiene Queen
    Let's put it this way, when you first encounter it, you will KNOW it ain't right. You will instinctively reach for the nearest spec container and ship that puppy out.
  4. by   pagandeva2000
    I must have never had the 'pleasure' because I have heard this for years. Most times as a CNA, I worked in psych and clinics, as a nurse, only in the clinic, so, I don't get as many opportunities. The one time I did have a known C-diff patient was when I had a bad allergy and could not even have smelled myself
  5. by   fuzzywuzzy
    I don't think it smells thaaaaat bad. Just very... sickly.
  6. by   VivaLasViejas
    It's awful..............ranks right up there with GI bleed and gangrene in the odoriferous-emanation department. I've got a cast-iron stomach, but C. diff makes me want to throw up.
  7. by   MaverickyMaverick
    gag....
  8. by   Indy
    Not only does it smell bad, but it also can look just like chicken gumbo from the hospital cafeteria.

    Side note: I think it smells less bad than what I'm calling "liverhead" poop these days. A combo of huge doses of lactulose, a diabetic diet on someone with very little liver function and on dialysis, and this stuff looks like boiled playdoh. I can't even begin to describe the smell but one day I will possibly faint from it.
  9. by   Fiona59
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    I must have never had the 'pleasure' because I have heard this for years. Most times as a CNA, I worked in psych and clinics, as a nurse, only in the clinic, so, I don't get as many opportunities. The one time I did have a known C-diff patient was when I had a bad allergy and could not even have smelled myself

    Crap you were lucky.

    We had a patient who didn't want to go home. Day of discharge, she suddenly reports having "really smelly runny sh*t all night" (not witnessed of course). Nice resident orders we collect next sample to test. Five hours late, one pasty stool arrives. Resident: make sure it's tested. Me: it's green, pasty, doesn't smell, NOT cdiff.

    Resident owes me three lattes.
  10. by   evilolive
    I've had 1-2 residents in a LTC facility with C-diff, and I must say, I have never noticed "the smell." Some people say they have encountered it down the hall, but I don't really know what they're referring to. Just my story..
  11. by   Aneroo
    What's worse???

    C-diff patients when you're about 6 weeks pregnant and then smell of *anything* makes you want to vomit, despite almost unhealthy doses of Zofran. :lol:
    I couldn't eat Taco Bell or hot dogs for most of my pregnancy b/c I had a patient vomit those. Yech.
  12. by   crystalcnd
    I think C-Diff smells like something crawled inside you and died. my: It has an odor that almost burns your nostrils. When I was working as a CNA it only took me a couple of weeks to be able to "diagnose" C-Diff just by the smell. It's one of those smells, in my opinion that meets you before you walk in the door. It is even worse when its a tube-feed patient. C-Diff is one of two odors that I just about can't stomach. The other being the colostomy of a certain "frequent flyer" that we have on our unit. I don't know what I will do when I'm pregnant. With my last pregnancy I had a VERY sensitive "smeller". I guess I'll walk around with a mask on all the time, or rub Vicks under my nose!
  13. by   raggyann
    It seems to me like a vinegar smell. Does anyone agree?:

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