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What is the best way to deal with smells??


I have recently encountered the worst smell ever! I won't disclose at this point what it is ( GI related), for HIPAA reasons.

It's but C dif though.

How do you deal with gaging smells?

PS : I was PCT on a different floor in nursing school, never exposed to what I'm smelling' now!

Jules A, MSN

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

When on a spinal cord injury unit years ago for the hard core decubitus I used to pop the yellow square old fashion horrible tasting Halls cough drops, couldn't smell a thing. Good luck!

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 40 years experience.

A mask and a peppermint

attachment.php?attachmentid=23980&stc=1This stuff is great if you need it. You can put it under your nose, a couple of drops in your mouth, even drop a drop or two on the end of your mask. Plus it's super cheap, like 1.00 for three little containers (I've bought them at a regular drug store--like Drug Mart, CVS, a place like that) and the containers are super small so easy to keep on you in case of emergency :up:

sallyrnrrt, ADN, RN

Specializes in critical care, ER,ICU, CVSURG, CCU.

Essential oils and good old fashion Vic's vapor rub

EllaBella1, BSN

Specializes in ICU. Has 6 years experience.

In a pinch you can double mask with toothpaste in between the mask layers. I've used that before with a mid-shift admission that had incredibly infected open wounds everywhere.

Thank you everyone, much appreciated. I gagged and almost vomited the other day, good thing the pt was too drowsy to notice what was happening! :chicken: