Hmmm, there TigerGalLE - I wish I had some great advice for you.
Personally - the one thing that gets to me is suctioning of a trach and cleaning out the goo! Yep, that is the worst for me. Goobers! Yuck!
Also, anything colostomy. But, a GI bleed through the colostomy is the absolute worst. Add C. Diff anywhere and ewwww.
Also, that post arrest poo has left an impression a time or two!
And decubs - with any variety of stuff in 'em.
I think that I am kinda lucky in that if I have to do anything to save the life of a patient - I can generally get through it without a problem. It is the routine that is more difficult to get past - but, it has to be done.
Anyone have any tips???
For me, strong smells -
3. Grapefruit oil/mint oil
4. Fresh air! Thankfully that big spinning thing on the top of the helicopter can be used as a fan at times.
Also, generally -
I always gown, glove, shoe protection. Also, I always remove my jacket, stethoscope and pin my hair up IF I just KNOW that I am gonna be in the s&#^.
I always try and remember that most patients that are aware are somewhat horrified during these "skills" that we "dread" - so I NEVER ever FORGET that what is difficult for me - is also DIFFICULT for the patient and their families too.
Helps keep your perspective!