skunks on night shift? - page 2

Does anyone else smell skunks on the night shift during the summer in their hospitals? What do you do to diminish the odor? It seems that skunks spray right near our vent system and it ends up in... Read More

  1. by   renerian
    OMG that skunk picture is hilarious!!!!!!!!

    renerian
  2. by   Repat
    We don't have skunks, but we can smell exhaust fumes from the ambulances left idling at the door (we're on the fourth floor!). It took us a while to figure that out.
  3. by   Paprikat
    We have skunks in the summer at night and also raccoons that come and eat the cat food left out by the residents!
  4. by   jemb
    Tomato juice has taken the skunk smell out of my dog's fur, but not sure how that would help in the vent system. Maybe if maintenence folk at the facility could find the location of the skunk spray and dumped tomato juice over the stinky area, it would help through the vents, too.

    I don't, however, have any idea how to communicate this to the people who are responsible for the decision without getting just blank stares in return.

    Skunks are cute little critters -- too bad they stink!
  5. by   RN always
    This is a funny thread! I live in Alaska and we don't have skunks. I had never even smelled one before until I went to NY when I was a teenager.

    BTW, we also have no snakes, cockroches or poisonous spiders (except a few brown recluce only in the woods)
  6. by   gwenith
    I live in Australia and we don't have skunks do have possums snakes spiders and cockroaches though!

    Worked out at a little country hospital for a while and the townsfolk kept insisting that we give them tank water not bore water (which smelt as though a rat had been dead in it for a week!) anyway every time I handed out the tank water I could not help but think of all the possums living, eating and errrr other things on the roof all of which ended up in the rainwater tanks!

    I know this reply doesn't help but I thought you might get a smile from the downunder perspective.
  7. by   BBFRN
    I know we have a crematory at our hospital, and they burn the bodies at night. It really stinks when it comes out of the vent system- maybe that's what your smelling?
  8. by   renerian
    Lgflamini I did not know hospitals had crematories?????? Huh. Learn something new every day. I bet that does stink. EW

    renerian
  9. by   P_RN
    I am SO HAPPY this is about skunks as critters!!
  10. by   ktwlpn
    Originally posted by lgflamini
    I know we have a crematory at our hospital, and they burn the bodies at night. It really stinks when it comes out of the vent system- maybe that's what your smelling?
    Really? Are they burning the unclaimed arms,legs and viscera? Or is it a real crematorium for the whole body that gives you back the cremains in a little urn? That's would be a great line of work to get into at this uncertain economic time but here in Pa they are strictly regulated and only permitted in certain areas-and only a few around here.....Some religions believe in burying all of their...bits....
  11. by   BBFRN
    Originally posted by ktwlpn
    Really? Are they burning the unclaimed arms,legs and viscera? Or is it a real crematorium for the whole body that gives you back the cremains in a little urn? That's would be a great line of work to get into at this uncertain economic time but here in Pa they are strictly regulated and only permitted in certain areas-and only a few around here.....Some religions believe in burying all of their...bits....
    Don't know the details of what goes on down there (have never gone in the area, blech), but we've got one. I'll ask one of the guys that work down there, though and get back to you on that one. I have seen the huge refrigerator room, and I know some of the corpses are stored there for a really long time. Sometimes we get DOA's, etc. who family members or accquaintances can't be found, and they just sit there- maybe they're cremated? As for the body parts, we are a teaching hospital run by a University with a major medical school, so I assume they do domething with those (again, blech.) Now I'm going to have to hunt the guys down at work this week and ask them exactly what goes on down there!:chuckle
  12. by   BBFRN
    On second thought, maybe they're cremating skunks!:chuckle
  13. by   nursemouse
    Well, we didn't have skunks, but we had bats! And because we were on the migratory path of some "endangered" bat species, we couldn't kill them, either. Picture your security guards running down the corridor with butterfly nets to catch the bats flying up and down the corridor and put them back outside. We even had a "bat policy!"

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