Theres a cheaper way. Spray cologne or perfume in a disposable surgical type mask. Ine can wear that and it will not costs the company $5-7.00 + oxygen, for each mask.
I'm a very sympathetic retcher... if someone is retching I almost always start to retch right along with them. I can generally control or minimize it and have yet to actually lose stomach contents on a call.
I guess I am right along up there with Bossycow! But boy a few times in my earier years it sure came close!
Me too - out of the mountains in the back of the rig... I had eaten split pea soup an hour before and had visions of exorcist in my headNever puked due to "nastyness", but I have on an a two hour transport while my partner is driving like the grim reaper is after him, the box is about 95 degrees because the pt is cold and the road is rough. The worst part was having the pt ask ME if I was alright and if they coud do any thing for me. (I THOUGHT I was being quiet and hiding it well!)
I too have trouble with the sights and smells of vomiting. I have learned that proper airflow (opening a window or turning on the vent/AC), mental distraction (paperwork, etc.), and sensory distraction works well. I keep in the bag I take into the rig with me a little container of Vick's Vapor rub (or similar). I dab a little of it on my upper lip below my nose and essentially inhale it. The smell isn't amazing but distracts me enough.
I had a call couple of nights ago for an elderly who was vomitting and contents was the 'coffee ground' substance. We were within 1 minute of arriving at the hospital when the patient throws up black goo inside the ambulance. Stunk up the inside and I began to gag and my eyes teared up. Just held my nose to my forearm and told the driver "If you don't smell it yet, she just threw up and we need to park this ambulance now!". Oh the smell was horrible. I've smelled bad BO and feces in past call, and I admit I gagged a bit, but this almost put me over. My partner opened the back and started gagging at the smell that exited. After we transferred the patient, my partner said he will decon the stretcher and cleanup while I took care of the report with the nurse. He admitted later on that he had to leave to puke in the bathroom. The smell was lingering in my nose hairs for an hour or so. Just washed my nose and blew my nose to get rid of that smell. Also when she puked she also let her bowels go. Found out during patient transfer to the ED bed. Definitely not amusing.P.S. Since Rid already broached the subject, the next question is who has left the patient with your partner and duckwalked to the ER lavatory to avoid infamy and ridicule? (or is this considered "threadjacking?")