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Old 12-20-2007, 05:23 PM
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What about that malaena stool smell (blood plus poo)!? Gangrenous wounds are pretty bad too. Sad to say that horrid type wound smells used to make my mouth kind of water. Not because I liked them but because I welcomed the challenge!!
Um.... Julie? That's kind of weird.
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Old 12-20-2007, 05:28 PM
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Old 12-20-2007, 07:29 PM
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i guess you should learn how to live with it..

every one has their own points of weaknesses. you just have to try to overcome these things.

by the way, that is just the beginning or the start of some (gross) stuff your going to encounter.

little by little, step by step you will get use to it. and soon enough you'll get over it
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Old 12-20-2007, 10:00 PM
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yeah, I think creepy crawlies (i.e. maggots) are one of the worst. I've never been bothered by sputum like some folks, even when having to do some heavy duty suctioning -- what I hate is the reaction of the patient -- I hate it when I feel like I torturing someone, even if it is for their good!

As for smelly wounds, I was so happy when they started letting us use metronidazole on really odoriferous wounds -- it helps so much, and think about what the poor patient is dealing with living w/the smell!

The worst wound ever--Julie, I doubt you'd be salivating, more like crying like the rest of us--was a patient with advanced rectal cancer. The wound started mid thigh, when out to the hips and up to the coccyx. Took about two hours to change and he had c-diff so was stooling constantly this foul nasty stuff. Tried to change it every few hours, but.... Poor man couldn't sit or lie down -- slept kneeling on pillows draped over the bed, leaned on a bedside table for support instead of sitting...and had the most beautiful teenaged daughter. Whole situation was heartbreaking.
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It is the thought of it which is getting to you. I have smelt and been covered by some strange things, and pseudomonas is nothing compared to a lot of them. STORY TIME **The nurses kept talking about a pts wound which was infected and smelt. I went in there to clean and repack it, the sight of her spine was what got me (back ulcer 20cm x 8cm, visible spine). I cleaned it and repacked it with no fuss after the inital shock. Left the room with my educator and she turned to me and asked how I did it without gaging, all I could say was 'I'm a microbiologist, I've smelt worse!'. I was used to the smell of pseudomonas so it didn't phase me.

But back to my last post, you just have to stop thinking about it; think about the patient and how they will have a sore bot-bot (yeh real medical terms here) and if you don't clean it properly.
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Old 12-23-2007, 11:27 AM
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ok, this might get moderated out of the forum.... but...

old nurse orientation story here...

Quiet back ward for slow rehab psych (loosely meant 'lifers' in the mental house). Usually ran smoothly and everyone got on ok with everyone. So any opportunity for a giggle.

old charge nurse directs staff nurse to get the broom and wipe marmite/vegemite and peanut butter onto it.

new starter comes in and is getting the orientation in the office from charge nurse.

staff nurse comes in with broom saying 'one of them patients has been doing a manual evacuation again with the ward broom'.

charge nurse says 'who?'; staff nurse 'not sure'

Charge nurse takes broom, looks at it, smells it.. wipes his finger through it and tastes it. Then tells staff nurse 'That tastes like Bryn's, go check him out will you'.

New starter passes or fails depending on response.

Bodily fluids don't bother me a lot tho I've had limited exposure to them anyhow.
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Charge nurse takes broom, looks at it, smells it.. wipes his finger through it and tastes it. Then tells staff nurse 'That tastes like Bryn's, go check him out will you'.

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Old 12-23-2007, 09:34 PM
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Charge nurse takes broom, looks at it, smells it.. wipes his finger through it and tastes it. Then tells staff nurse 'That tastes like Bryn's, go check him out will you'.

New starter passes or fails depending on response.

Bodily fluids don't bother me a lot tho I've had limited exposure to them anyhow.

I have to admit.....if you could take that without breaking out into a sweat, a grin, or a down out laugh...you'd probably fit in with most of the patients at least.
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I use Vicks in my nose covered with a mask for the strong odors, but other than that, I thought most nurses can clean up poop with their left hand while eating a sandwich with their right.
Only when pregnant did I have problems with this, but I always thought the vicks on a mask was a good idea.
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Here's a tip that I learned a long time ago about dealing with a "code brown." It's a fact, poop stinks, and there is nothing pleasant about poop patrol. When I was in nursing school, I use to see old time nurse crush up mint leaves and rub them under their nose before dealing with any smelly mess. The mint scent was very helpful, and kept me from upchucking my cookies on more than one occasion.

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