Heavy perfume in medical facilities, or anywhere, really

Posted by chicagomichelle @chicagomichelle, Jan 19, 2017

How do we get through to people that this could actually cause great respiratory distress? Even death.

I told a hotel guest the other day, in the kindest way possible, that I was allergic to her and she needed to understand what her chemical scent could do to those with respitory issues. She was headed to Mayo. I imagined the poor patients with even more severe conditions. It was the first time I ever said that to anyone’s face, but felt it needed to be said.

I’ve experienced this a great deal this week, even with clinic staff. To date, I’ve had 0 complaints about MC, but I hope they are listening now and will work to make their buildings perfume free.

I have moderate COPD and I am to avoid filling my car with gas, and avoid air pollutants of all kinds. I have been at Mayo, Rochester many times and really haven’t noticed too many “stinky” staff/patients, to be fair that would include men with too much after shave/cologne also. I truly think it is a matter of awareness and knowledge….. would someone purposely “bathe” in a airborne pollutant knowing it could harm someone else? I don’t know if MC has a policy for staff, but if they don’t they should.


Indeed there is a policy for Mayo Clinic staff regarding scents. Our dress and decorum work policy, given to all employees when they start at Mayo Clinic, states:
“It is unacceptable for employees to smell of cigarette smoke or other strong perfumes or odors while at work. Employees who arrive in the work area with the smell of cigarette smoke or other strong smells on their clothing will be required to change before entering the work area.”

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