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- by Stearnsy Oct 17, '09Working in the ICU, I encounter many patients who have TPN. I swear there is a very distinct smell in these patients' rooms. I remember someone commenting on the smell of TPN, so I think that's what it is...but what about it makes it so stinky? TPN flatus? Seriously, I have no idea...
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- Oct 17, '09 by Fiona59I work on a unit that usually has at least 5 TPN patients at a time. Never noticed a smel from the it. From their ostomies, rectal cancers, gangrene yes, TPN no.
Is it the same smell in every room?
- Oct 17, '09 by melmarie23TPN has a very distinct smell. At least it did to me when I hung/changed the bag for a few patients I had last semester. I think it smells much like infant formula, but stronger.
- Oct 17, '09 by Pat_Pat RNHave you ever smelled Rocephin up close? Reminds me of cat pee. In fact, I think that is what it is, bottled cat pee.....
- Oct 17, '09 by Fiona59Think colo-rectal cancers. Our sense of smell or rather lack of it, is the talk of our hospital. Nobody I work with has ever commented on the smell of Travisol.
We found this thread kind of funny.
- Oct 18, '09 by Nurse_Dianewhat you are smelling from the TPN is aminosyn.. (a type of amino acid). YUMMY!!
- Oct 18, '09 by carolinapoohSee, I've always thought some cancers have a smell. With some of my patients, there's a distinct smell in the room - and inevitably they're eaten up with CA. Especially the ones that have it on their breath; when you can smell it, they don't have long left. And everyone on my floor talks about it.
Funny, though, poo has to be fairly rank for me to smell it....
YES - TPN stinks. I think it's the protein content.