I would like to implement a no perfume policy, but how do you get pts and staff to comply?  Some pts 'swim' in perfume in lieu of batheing.  Many (most) people that wear perfume and cologne don't want their 'rights' to be infringed upon by being told not to wear this stuff.  They don't think of other's well being.  I have family members very sensitive to perfume, particularly Febreeze, which is a neurotoxin.  I have kids with asthma that are sensitive.  Many of these products cause reactions, and I believe most people do not even know it.  One family member had to go to the ER once due to fragrance and had a very severe allergic reaction to Chloe n another incident.  I have to change shirt and wash my arms thoroughly when I get home after work.  Any suggestions, or is this a loaded question!?!  Andy Bebry

On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 3:54 PM, Monica Edgell <[log in to unmask]> wrote:


At our facility we have front office staff that suffer allergic reactions to that amount of cologne/perfume, not to mention the headache the tech performing the exam will have afterward. So we have, in the past politely asked patients of the "overpowering type" to step into the restroom and wash some of it off. Some of our patients are repeat offenders as well and we each time they visit our office are directed to the bathroom. Typically when approached gently/tactfully the patients are willing to cooperate. Doesn't mean they won't go wild with the smell good juice next time though...... :)


Quoting "Williams, David M." <[log in to unmask]>:

> I've just had another patient show up doused in cologne. He is a
> repeat offender.  Now, I enjoy the smell of perfumes and colognes as
> much as the next person, but WOW!  This was simply overpowering. 
> Yesterday, the schedulers who make reminder phone calls to our
> patients told him not to wear ANY cologne to his appointment.  Of
> course, he shows up today completely saturated, so much so that other
> waiting room patients moved completely across the room from him. 
> Privacy be damned, today, I simply cracked the door open and placed a
> small fan there as an exhaust.  But seriously, short of offending
> this nice gentleman, what else can be done?  Refuse to perform the
> exam?  Tell him to go to the restroom and scrub?  Wet gangrene I can
> deal with, perfumes...not so much.
> David M. Williams, MS, RDCS, RVT
> SC Cardiovascular Surgery
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