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Controversial Patient Odors in Nursing - page 3

The topic of body odor in nursing can be rather controversial. In fact, the mere mention of body odor can trigger a knee-jerk reaction in some persons. Moreover, any nurse who has worked on the floor... Read More

  1. Visit  Brenda F. Johnson profile page
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    Gi bleed is an odor that is unmistakable and is very hard to remove from the nose once it's in there!
  2. Visit  rachel10069 profile page
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    I stand by my assertion that when a slender person smells offensively, the odor is typically attributed to issues such as poor personal hygiene or problems external to the individual.

    However, when an obese person smells badly, it is almost always attributed to the sweeping generalization that "fat people just smell a certain way." Nonetheless, I have encountered a fair share of both normal-weight people and overweight/obese persons with body odor.
    It depends how obese they are. If they are morbidly obese, they do sweat more and have trouble reaching certain areas to get clean. Many years ago, I had a patient who was over 500 lbs. She had to sleep sitting up in a recliner so she could breath. We had to have 5 people assist during a “bed” bath to move her. One afternoon, I kid you not, we found a half sandwich in her pendulous abd. She had no idea it was there. We didn’t tell her either. Didn’t want to embarrass her. If patients are only getting a bath 1x a week and there is a sandwich where it shouldn’t be, it is gross. I just can’t do patient care anymore. One of the reasons (and there are many) is the disgusting smells. I never got used to it. I never let the patients know I was about to hurl my lunch (or dinner), I’d pretend like it was no big deal.
    One time, many years ago, I was working on an oncology unit. A woman had breast cancer and the smell of necrotic tissue did it for me. I went and threw up in the bathroom. I felt horrible for her. Just can’t be around gross smells.
    Last edit by TheCommuter on Dec 28, '16 : Reason: [/QUOTE] tags
  3. Visit  SaltySarcasticSally profile page
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    The smell of vomit ! I can handle all the other ones just fine. But vomit is my nursing Achilles heel, I grin and deal at work, but at home my husband is the designated vomit picker upper for the kids if he is home lol. I don't know why it makes me gag when no amount if c.diff poo ever does.
  4. Visit  BeenThere2012 profile page
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    Another group that may face criticism is the mentally ill, many of whom neglect to shower for days or even weeks at a time. This is very common in depression, when it seems like too much bother to run the water, get in the shower, wash hair, rinse, dry off, and then dress in clean clothes. Needless to say, this practice makes a person smell bad, and I've seen nurses wrinkle their noses and say unflattering things behind the patient's back. "Why doesn't ____ just take a bath? He REEKS!" they'll say with distaste. They don't know that failure to maintain physical hygiene is a complex issue that has no easy solution.
    Yes, and then there are the ones who purposely want to smell bad as a way of protection to keep others away. Especially the homeless/vulnerable ones or the paranoid ones.
  5. Visit  BeenThere2012 profile page
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    Quote from Brenda F. Johnson
    Gi bleed is an odor that is unmistakable and is very hard to remove from the nose once it's in there!
    OH YES! That and sloughing bowel tissue in brain dead patients are the worst for me.
  6. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    Worst smell I ever dealt with was that from a patient who was vomiting bloody feces. I don't think I got that odor out of my nose (and scrubs)
    for a week.{{{shudder}}}
  7. Visit  WKShadowRN profile page
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    Worst smell I ever dealt with was that from a patient who was vomiting bloody feces. I don't think I got that odor out of my nose (and scrubs)
    for a week.{{{shudder}}}
    .
    Yes, and that was the only time I gagged in the patient's room. I was trying to put in an NGT at the time.

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