Characteristic c-diff odor?? - page 2

HI.. GOT a question........ I have ben researching c-diff the last couple broaden my learning on it..... But I have also heard that when a pt. has c-diff there is a characteristic smell... Read More

  1. by   dawngloves
    Originally posted by Inge Allen
    The C Diff smell has always reminded me of breast-fed babies' stool.
    Yes! That's it! A sweet, kinda funky smell.
  2. by   Mimi2RN
    Having C-diff is pretty nasty, too...........I had surgery, abx in the hospital-then two rounds of IV Rocephin at home, for continuing incisional infection/drainage. Never thought I'd get C-diff.....but I knew what it was before I saw the doc.
  3. by   CraftyLPN
    I have just a few more questions that I am not finding the answers to.....
    1.Is c-diff in the category w/ noscomial diseases?
    2.As a home health nurse,even following universal precautions closely, have anything to contribute to this?
    3.Can c-diff be cured?

  4. by   frannybee
    It's treated as a nosocomial infection in our trust. Kinda OT, the viral D&V that's swept through our ward and affected staff as well as pts? It's nosocomial for the pts but not for the staff - the trust won't accept that it's a work- acquired illness. I'm joining the union today.
    Last edit by frannybee on Mar 10, '03
    LMAO! I've never had the pleasure, but I did have a doc order a C-diff on a patient last week and I almost said "I don't think it stinks enough to be that" because of everything that's been said here!

  6. by   mother/babyRN
    Pretty disgusting..when I was a new nurse in a busy Boston Hospital, one after noon the two patients in my primary care room suddenly ( and I do mean suddenly) came down with explosive diarrhea..By lunchtime 3 hours later that entire side of the corridor had the same symptoms. It was like being involved in a rapidly progressing chain reaction. And yes, the odor is sickly sweet, yuckky, as with most diarrhea...
  7. by   VAC
    C-diff is thousands times more foul smelling than breast milk stools.
  8. by   Mimi2RN
    I was on po Flagyl for 2 or 3 weeks. Also I ate yogurt, the abx had killed off all the good bacteria in my gut. It improved rapidly, and did go away, my hb didn't get it either.
  9. by   welnet66
    I think bloody stools make c-diff smell like roses but here it goes. I think c-diff smells like a combo of the following: tube feeding stools, road kill, rotting garbage, and burnt plastic. OK...what do you think?
  10. by   NurseShell
    (makes mental note to avoid pts with C-diff) When I read things in texts like "report amount, color and ODOR" I cringe...I have a very sensitive nose...and I HATE nasty odors...good thing I wasn't eating when I read this...yuck,
  11. by   kimberle
    I always think "rancid meat" when I smell C-diff
  12. by   mario_ragucci
    Clostridium Difficiles Toxins

    I still try hard to understand how sensitive our nose is to distinguish the distinct odors.

    From what i understand, the smell is actually in the liquid BM stools, along with the mucous and blood streaks. These pseudomonas are "animals" that live in you and make toxins. I think the odor is in the toxins these animals make.

    It would also make sense that a Methycillin Resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA) PT would have BM's that would be notable as well.
  13. by   Jaaaman