CDiff Smell?

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JeanettePNP, MSN, RN, NP

1 Article; 1,863 Posts

Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergy. Has 8 years experience.
The c-Diff smell is just 'special'. Can't really put it into words...smelt GI bleeds whoever said 'metal/nickel like was dead on...

Can sometimes smell sepsis and impaction by people's breath odor .. ahhh I'll miss the ER when its my time to go :monkeydance:...

Interesting... when my son was about 15 months he suffered from constipation and also had a poopy smell to his breath. I never made the connection.

Pompom

161 Posts

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 15 years experience.

It is true, there are certaint things that have a distinct odor, my nose can spot C. Diff way before any lab confirmation. Neuro breath, YUCK!, GI Bleeds, YUCK! There has been some recent research lately about dogs that can sniff out cancer too.

xptp29a

112 Posts

It is true, there are certaint things that have a distinct odor, my nose can spot C. Diff way before any lab confirmation. Neuro breath, YUCK!, GI Bleeds, YUCK! There has been some recent research lately about dogs that can sniff out cancer too.

I'm curious about neuro breath. What does it smell like? What is it a result of?

Retired R.N.

260 Posts

I think C. Diff smells like a mixture of Texas road kill in the summer plus the dirty feather odor of the vultures that come to strip the edible parts from the rotting carcass.

Azriel1331

10 Posts

Specializes in Med Surg, Telemetry, Float, ER.

No idea what neuro breath smells like....

Goodoldnurse

90 Posts

Specializes in Educator/ICU/ER. Has 18 years experience.

Any time you get the chance to be around someone who has had a head injury they will have this (bleach) smell eminating from their mouth! You cannot get rid of it no matter how much you do mouth care :trout: . Have no idea how to discribe it, but it is there! I also had no idea that cats could get that smell (mine did after a stroke!).

So, if you want to find out, go immediatly to your unit that cares for patients with head trauma and get a good whiff!!! :uhoh3:

tictac

81 Posts

I'm a student, and this thread is scaring me more than most others I've read so far. Oh, how I look forward to experiencing my first CDiff, neuro breath, GI bleed, and fecal impaction patients. NOT! :barf02:

dansamy

672 Posts

Specializes in Going to Peds!.

I have virtually no sense of smell. Thank god!

(It's also why I like really spicy food. I can't smell it, so I have to taste it.)

jimthorp

496 Posts

(It's also why I like really spicy food. I can't smell it, so I have to taste it.)

I don't recommend this as a diagnostic tool.:nono:

Specializes in Infection Preventionist/ Occ Health. Has 5 years experience.

After working in the lab for four years, I can practically diagnose an E.coli UTI by smell alone. It is the same with C. Diff. in stool samples and C. Albicans and S. Aureus on plates (provided there is enough of a sample).

I like to show off my skills at parties (J/K LOL). We really do develop some pretty unique abilities in health care, don't we? :)

MsLady06

217 Posts

It is true, there are certaint things that have a distinct odor, my nose can spot C. Diff way before any lab confirmation. Neuro breath, YUCK!, GI Bleeds, YUCK! There has been some recent research lately about dogs that can sniff out cancer too.

thats really interesting about dogs. where did you read that?