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Does Death Have A Smell?

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AngelfireRN has 15 years experience as a MSN, RN, APRN and specializes in med-surg, psych, ER, school nurse-CRNP.

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Am I just a freak?

I've heard about bad patients asking to have a BM, and nurses knowing that that was it, we've all heard about the "last turn", but does anyone else smell anything beforehand? You are reading page 13 of Does Death Have A Smell?. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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It is actually cells dying.. same odor late stage cancer patients emit. Not breaking any HIPAA .. my own mother had that smell in the last year of her life - stage 4 breast cancer. Nothing to do with hygene. It's very sad :(

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Kittypower123 has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Hospice.

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I smell it too. It's actually kind of handy in hospice, I can let family members know their loved one is close to death. Help them prepare a little.

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Kelly Cristo has 30 years experience and specializes in LTC UNIT MANAGER.

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Your not alone ! Started noticing the almost “sweet” but odor , several years ago, and numerous times followed by patient passing!

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Lorri Cook has 25 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in ER, Psych, Chemical Dependency.

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I think some of us are more sensitive to our surroundings and changes in our surroundings, including in the people around us.

I've had similar experiences, I know the smell you're talking about, as well as getting a very tight feeling in my gut when I think someone is going to go bad.

Don't think it's weird, and don't fret about it, in fact, you should look at this as a gift, which it is for a nurse. Use your intuition to give even better care to your patients, whether we have this intuition or not, we are in a position to make our patients more comfortable no matter whether they are at the beginning, middle or end of life.

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WOW!. I wish now I could go back in time and see, connect and remember . I know there were many times I would get an odor stuck in my nostrils that would take days to get it out .

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