Facebook Feedback: Lab Smells
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We asked Facebook fans: What is your least favorite smell in the lab?
Here are selected responses,
copied verbatim without editing:
cultures in the incubator.
...the cups that come in with semen analysis...nothing can prepare you for
opening that container
something hardcore growing in the incubator or old or particularly
worked in Bacteriology for nearly a decade, I have to say that the smell I
really want to avoid is the smell of serum. I'm used to the usual stinky
bugs and exudate. Serum just smells nasty.
from the nursing home!
think Proteus smells good. Haha. Yup, the post vasectomy semen analysis is
- Turbid urine
is slightly more likely to reek than merely "cloudy" urine, in
my opinion. Proteus, E. coli, and Clostridium would also rank up there if
I was lucky enough to interpret bacterial cultures on day shift (one very
important motivation for me to kick 7P-7A with my current employer in the
NEAR future). :D
- From dogs and
cats alike: the smell of bacteria in urine when they have an UTI. As soon
as I took the top off and vapors reached my nose, I had to step back and
- Stinky pee
urines...followed closely by old Proteus plates in the micro biohazard bags.
- I hate the
urine, wet prep positive for Gardnerella
- ANY semen.
Post Vas or fertility! **hack** cough***
- 5day old
rotting legs left in an open box in the walk-in reagent fridge!!
- A certain
strain of Pseudomonas that smells like feet, dirt, mold and vomit all
- The smell
of VB12 releasing agent for the Centaur...smells like perm solution gone
or Lung aspirates.....ewwww, give me poo any day!
- FORMALIN I
stinky colectomies - especially with a gassy volvulus that has had time to
- Iron and
retic reagents....and semen!
- Semen for
sure Yuck! And nasty urines
also asked Facebook fans: What is your
favorite smell in the lab (if there are any)?
- 25% bleach
solution! It just smells really clean! Lol!
- Love the
Xylene for me too!
- Believe it
or not Staph aureus or Klebsiella! Go figure!
Paragard- reminds me of wax lips
chlorhexidine wipes. Mmmm cleanliness.
- I love the
smell of iodine when staining slides!!!
when lines inside the analyzer r getting cleaned, and an orange smell that
come from pathology.