May 2, 2017 – It isn’t as simple as not liking the certain smell of a perfume, cologne, body spray or grooming product. These scented products can cause great harm to patients and even staff members.
It is the chemicals in fragrances which trigger reactions. “Depending on the severity, those with sensitivities can experience adverse health reactions ranging from headaches to heart palpitations,” shared Dr. David Goldstein, Chief of Staff at Brockville General Hospital. “This can be problematic for our patients who are our most vulnerable group. We see many patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma, allergies, chemical sensitivities, or a combination of any of these. We need everyone’s support to provide a safe environment for all our people.”
Reduced Scent Environment
Brockville General Hospital, like the majority of healthcare institutions, is a reduced scent environment.
Due to health concerns arising from exposure to scents and scented products, BGH, through the spirit of cooperation, consideration and understanding has been working to reduce the use and the wearing of scented products within its facilities.
The hospital is asking all patients, visitors, staff, physicians and volunteers coming to the hospital to please be scent-savvy and limit the amount of chemical fragrances.
- Scented products can include but are not limited to aftershave, cologne, body sprays, perfumes, scented cosmetics, potpourri, candles, diffusers, deodorants, lotions, soaps, hairsprays, cleaning products and some floral arrangements.