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    Default Hospital fragrances

    Would you wear anything if you work at a hospital (not surgery) and see patients?

    What are your suggestions?

    I am also looking for something non-threatening like Kenzo homme fresh but with better longevity.

    If you are the patient what would you like or what would you be turned off by?

    Thanks!

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    I'd have a supply of five conservative scents, classics, high quality, traditional, and I'd rely mostly on those. When I felt the need I'd use one of my odder scents (I truly think it's not much of a social deal what scent one wears--we ourselves are the greatest worriers and fusspots about our scents).

    If I were a patient I wouldn't care if anyone was wearing a scent.
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    I would not wear anything if I worked in a hospital.

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    When I worked in hospital - I wore Chanel No.5 . The patients loved it. About the most compliments I ever got for a scent in my life.
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    I rarely wear anything for the fear that I might offend patients but I think something light can be acceptable if it does not interfere or compete with hospital smells.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cannotavoidtrite View Post
    I rarely wear anything for the fear that I might offend patients but I think something light can be acceptable if it does not interfere or compete with hospital smells.
    Heck, it should be strong in order to block out the hospital smells. Preserve the hospital smells? Are they somehow dignified?

    I think most people think about whether or not any fragrance smells good, not about whether they can chalk you up in the faux pas column.
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    DustB I shouldn't mask hospital smells (some medicines have those smells for a reason) because that is unprofessional and disrespectful to colleagues and can get in the way of an emergency.

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    Wear whatever you want under your clothes. I have 2-3 squirts on my chest and stomach. Then undershirt, scrubs, then coat. It is almost always subtle and understated.....although I was wearing Avignon the other day and someone walked by and said..."ewww..who's wearing the Ben-Gay..." ouch. I guess Avignon might have more sillage than most

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    Quote Originally Posted by cannotavoidtrite View Post
    DustB I shouldn't mask hospital smells (some medicines have those smells for a reason) because that is unprofessional and disrespectful to colleagues and can get in the way of an emergency.
    Then I certainly defer.

    I do think you should consider how even powerful fragrances needn't be room dominators and that to wear a fragrance doesn't mean that any smell inherently expands beyond your personal space.
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    I some people that work in hospitals and fragrance is not allowed at all were they work. Patients can have adverse effects to a scent or may even more sensitive to scent due to medications - etc. Personally I can honestly say I have never smelled scents on any one in the medical field -

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    I've worked in an ICU setting befoe, and a discrete fragrance is almost always appreciated. The smell of rotting flesh, infected wounds and antiseptic surroundings is often a bit offsetting for the families involved. As long as your fragrance does not offend, then I have found it is a bonus. These settings are so very difficult for families (and I say families because most of my patients were not cohent enough to voice an opinion), I really think they appriciate a soft, comforting smell. The key is to not project loud, obvious scent. anything in good taste should do just fine.

    Now that I work in an office setting, but frequently deal with patients and staff, my choices have broadened slightly. But I pick my fragrances wisely, and I have never had anyone voice distaste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cello View Post
    I've worked in an ICU setting befoe, and a discrete fragrance is almost always appreciated. The smell of rotting flesh, infected wounds and antiseptic surroundings is often a bit offsetting for the families involved. As long as your fragrance does not offend, then I have found it is a bonus. These settings are so very difficult for families (and I say families because most of my patients were not cohent enough to voice an opinion), I really think they appriciate a soft, comforting smell. The key is to not project loud, obvious scent. anything in good taste should do just fine.
    This post sounds very sensible to me.
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    LOL, I saw the title of this thread and thought the question was going to be "I'm having a heart attack, or I've just been shot, what fragrance would you recomend I wear to the emergency room?"

    That would be the kind of dedication I expect from a Basenoter!

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    Handsome Toad: Ha ..in that case I'd strongly recommend to wear none!

    What cello said, a comfortable soft scent. Something that is non-intrusive but subtle and pleasant. I am quite comfortable with Kenzo homme fresh but very poor longevity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysticknot View Post
    When I worked in hospital - I wore Chanel No.5 . The patients loved it. About the most compliments I ever got for a scent in my life.
    Wow, I remember a girl wearing Chanel 5 in one of our rotations and she was told never to wear that again. Maybe things are different in teaching hospitals with grumpy superiors.

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    Gendarme. Can't imagine anyone being bothered by that one.

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    I'm a nurse, and I wear whatever the hell I want.
    Even Hypnotic Poison if I feel like it.
    With that said, I usually wear something like Dune
    or Dior Homme at work.
    Just the other day, a patient of mine told me I
    smelled like Danish Pastry, it was Dior Homme!

    I think many patients like to smell something other
    that dull hospital air filled with dull medicine smells!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cello View Post
    I've worked in an ICU setting befoe, and a discrete fragrance is almost always appreciated. The smell of rotting flesh, infected wounds and antiseptic surroundings is often a bit offsetting for the families involved. As long as your fragrance does not offend, then I have found it is a bonus. These settings are so very difficult for families (and I say families because most of my patients were not cohent enough to voice an opinion), I really think they appriciate a soft, comforting smell. The key is to not project loud, obvious scent. anything in good taste should do just fine.
    Frankly, this sounds ridiculous. If a family has someone in the ICU they are not being comforted by your scent, whatever it is.

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    This has been discussed on other threads.

    When in hospitals, esp. for the medical staff, do not wear any type of scent.

    When visiting hospitals, please keep in mind that some people are not like us. Keep the scents very neutral, or leave it off all together.

    Some people (believe it or not) can have an anaphylactic reaction (violent allergy reaction)to some types of perfume. This can be life-threatening.

    At other times, some scents can make others very ill to the point of vomiting. Some with migraines are affected by scent, and some pregnant women are very sensitive. I have a familly member who was made ill at the scent of jasmine when pregnant.

    You can always douse yourself when you leave the hospital and indulge to your heart's content, but hospitals are not the place to impose our will on others.

    (This is like smoking. Polite smokers will ask first before lighting a cigarette or cigar. Smoking is not to everyone's taste.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Primrose View Post
    This has been discussed on other threads.

    When in hospitals, esp. for the medical staff, do not wear any type of scent.

    When visiting hospitals, please keep in mind that some people are not like us. Keep the scents very neutral, or leave it off all together.

    Some people (believe it or not) can have an anaphylactic reaction (violent allergy reaction)to some types of perfume. This can be life-threatening.

    At other times, some scents can make others very ill to the point of vomiting. Some with migraines are affected by scent, and some pregnant women are very sensitive. I have a familly member who was made ill at the scent of jasmine when pregnant.

    You can always douse yourself when you leave the hospital and indulge to your heart's content, but hospitals are not the place to impose our will on others.

    (This is like smoking. Polite smokers will ask first before lighting a cigarette or cigar. Smoking is not to everyone's taste.)
    Although I respect your opinion, I disagree completely. This habit is NOTHING like smoking. Second hand smoke causes cancer, second hand aromatics *might* cause a headache.
    Like I said before, as long as you keep it subtle, you are fine. People are at no more increased risk of anaphyaxis from your cologne as your deodorant, your laundry detergent, or the Pine-Sol in the hallway. A little sillage without direct application on the skin will not trigger a life-threatening reaction, I promise.

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    I guess it also depends on the ward you are in charge of. I'd say no to fragrances if you are working with patients with respiratory conditions or severe allergies but otherwise, I'm sure the people in the hospital can appreciate Cologne Blanche over the sterile hospital air.
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    When I see patients, I admit, I usually don't wear a fragrance. Whether it be because I've had no sleep and physically can't wear one myself or because beyond my own desires, I champion for the greater good of the patient. Yes, something light and fresh can be doable but it hospital setting, most patients are admitted for a reason and sick people can have an ill reaction, in the lines of an allergic response, or some type of CNS effect N/V/D. So, although I agree that a scent can be worn, keep it light and fresh.

    I was just at the Hospital working between surgery and a anticoag clinic. A nurse had apparently bathed in Elizabeth Arden's Sunflowers. Hell, I wanted to gag myself and I almost sent her home. Grrrrrrrrr!
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    Default Re: Hospital fragrances- I LOL-ed

    See post below
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    Quote Originally Posted by Handsome Toad View Post
    LOL, I saw the title of this thread and thought the question was going to be "I'm having a heart attack, or I've just been shot, what fragrance would you recomend I wear to the emergency room?"

    That would be the kind of dedication I expect from a Basenoter!


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    A light fragrance is ideal IMO. For example, Cool Water.....Mugler Cologne and Prada Infusion d´Homme are very good for that use. Greetings

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    Well, I'm an anaesthetist (anaesthesiologst for the US readers), and I can say I've never seen,heard or read of anyone having anaphylaxis to a perfume. If there are any anaesthetists, ED physicians or ICU physicians out there who've experienced this please correct me. I often wonder what to wear to work as I don't want to associate a favourite perfume with a stressful shift and ruin it forever. I tend to wear unobtrusive stuff eg the lighter Paris flankers, cologne, L'Occitane stuff. Having said that, one of the night nurses wears Beautiful and smells fabulous, another wears allure sensuelle and smells great, and I still remember a surgical resident who wore Hypnotic Poison. A bit of individuality in a sterile environment? The only other options are earrings and socks when wearing scrubs...

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    My cousin asked me the same question not very long ago he is a medical Doctor and this is his first year working at the ER.

    I suggested him to check Acqua Di Parma Colonia, some of the Allegorias and Prada infusion. He bought Acqua di Parma and he told me that his co-workers want to buy it also now they have a problem because all of them will be ending smelling the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davedude11 View Post
    Frankly, this sounds ridiculous. If a family has someone in the ICU they are not being comforted by your scent, whatever it is.
    I don't see what's so ridiculous about it. A nice fragrance doesn't lift all worries from peoples shoulders, but it might make them feel more comfortable in an uncomfortable situation. It might also make hospital and its staff feel more human and approachable. (These are subtle perceptions and often subconscious.)

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    I saw a YouTube vid where a guy said he discovered Ralph Lauren Safari because his best friend's father, a doctor, wears it to work.

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