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Anyone get a smell stuck?

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I have a smell from my day ( a patient ) stuck in my nose. I change my clothes first thing when I get home. I wash my hands and my nose, I even have some essential oils that I use. I still smell this smell. My nose never latches on to a good smell either. It's always something disgusting. I was using Vicks Vapor Rub until I read it's truly only meant to be used on the chest.

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I did several years ago. It was when we responded to a call of an unconscious male. He was unconscious alright. He had already been deceased when we arrived. It is the law (at least it is in NY state that first responders always begin CPR on an unconscious patient (unless the patient is decapitated). after we performed CPR for a few minutes, the patient began throwing up an excessive amount of smelly, yellow fluid, so we stopped. Our ambulance became polluted with the stench, and nearly made me throw up.

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Something I was told as a student nurse works well is to tuck two or three herbal tea bags into my bra. I used either peppermint or spearmint or both. I kept a box of both in my locker and would sometimes tuck one or two out of sight i my patient's room. Coffee, tied up in a bag, helps kill obnoxious odors. A quick potpourri I threw together at a neighbor's house when she had just been ill was: coffee beans, orange peels, a cinnamon stick, a couple cloves, and a lemon tea bag with some orange oil. Odd combo, but they had it all on hand except the lemon teabag.Sometimes you just to improvise. The visiting daughter kept complaining about the smell and I had stopped in for a visit.

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When I was an LVN I was called to the ER to bathe a patient who was barely alert. He was a  hiker who had fallen down a cliff three days before. He had broken ribs and couldn't get up so smelled really bad. No one had begun an assessment and the ER doctor refused to get near him until he was clean. I insisted on taking vitals before bathing him on a stretcher with a net bottom that pushed into a shower. 

After he was clean they started an IV and began treatment. I went back to my unit. I still remember that smell.

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I've always heard to use Vicks Vapo Rub, put it right under your nose.   We had a patient the past couple of days who smelled HORRIBLE, in spite of a good scrub down from staff.

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