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    So, I have really bad gag reflexes when it comes to vomit or feces. What are some tips and tricks to maybe avoid this while going through Fundamentals?

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    Everybody has some type of kryptonite that seems to put them down, for some its vomit, some blood, some sounds, bringing up mucus, or smells. My best answer is to think of the point of the patient, they don’t want to be sick and I’m sure would rather be home, so just put the smell out of your mine and care for the patient. Example being when I worked as a paramedic on a ambulance and was transporting a person that was awake, having a active myocardial infarction that had defecated in he pants along with vomited. Now I really don’t like either one but the best thing I could do was to put the smells out of my mind and care for my patient. I hope this helps.

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    Alcohol pads.
    Sucking on peppermints or cough drops (just don’t let your instructor see). This works especially well when wearing a mask.
    Vapo-rub on top lip.
    Basically anything you can do to create a stronger smell that will override the unpleasant one.
    And then one day, you will get a little more used to it.
    Hope this helps!


    Lung butter is what gets me, even after all these years 🙂

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