How to deal with bad odors

  1. 0 I'm about to start clinicals in May. I've always had a very strong stomach and have no problem dealing with blood etc but as I have gotten older, I am starting to have a problem with certain odors. For example, I am helping a person I know with a deep wound. Visiting nurse comes I. The morning and in the evening I am removing packing, cleaning and repacking. Over the weekend, the odor has become very offensive and I have to prepare myself for when I remove the packing. I have spoken to the VN today about the increasing smell and she is working on a resolution to that. But my main question is are there any tricks to the trade as far as smells?? I did try Vicks in my nose last night which helped slightly...
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  3. Visit  RedHeaded2bNurse16 profile page

    About RedHeaded2bNurse16

    Joined Jan '13; Posts: 98; Likes: 36.

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  4. Visit  hodgieRN profile page
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    We have a product called Snowco (or something like that). You put some gauze in a cup and douse it. Put it in front of a fan.

    You can get a strong breath mint or chewing gum and wear a surgical mask.
  5. Visit  MendedHeart profile page
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    Coffee beans

    But in all seriousness. ..I got used to it..aint many smells bother me now...lol
  6. Visit  Twinmom06 profile page
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    I use Vicks as well...and not just a little - I stuff a wad up each nostril
  7. Visit  FLArn profile page
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    Try some perfume on the inside of a mask. Also a strong mint or cough drop may be helpful. Also there are special odor control dressings that the wound care nurse could consider using.
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  8. Visit  Mewsin profile page
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    If you're able to use PPE at the time (I'd assume so with a wound) put a tea bag in your mask. This also works really well for foul bm smells. We can use PPE at our own discretion so if I know I'm going into a room that is not pleasant smelling, I'll gown and mask and stick a tea bag in my mask.
  9. Visit  Racer15 profile page
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    We keep a container of Vicks at th nursing station and I layer it on big time. Helps me quite a bit.
  10. Visit  RedHeaded2bNurse16 profile page
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    Thank you all for your ideas!!
  11. Visit  WorkingTowardsBSN profile page
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    A drop of peppermint oil in each nostril has helped me. I put it on a qtip and swipe.
  12. Visit  rylandsmom1985 profile page
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    Another vote for the peppermint oil here!
  13. Visit  eatmysoxRN profile page
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    I use the alcohol pads in my pocket. Wipe each nostril and the smell of alcohol is so overwhelming it tends to drown out the other odors (atleast briefly). The other options here sound better if you're prepared but I am never expecting the foul odors.
  14. Visit  blackberry74 profile page
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    Good to know. I have only done clinicals at an assisted living facility and the odors are new and sometimes overpowering to me. I didn't know what the regular caregivers used!


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