ONEONTA There’s an unmistakable and undeniable scent that’s noticeable when someone walks onto a hospital ward.
Although no official definition exists, and it’s hard to point a finger as to the exact scent, "hospital smell" does exist.
That smell, however, is a sign of a clean unit something that can help lower the risk of hospital-acquired infections.
"Primarily what you are smelling is disinfectant," said Maggie Barnes, spokeswoman for A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
[an error occurred while processing this directive]Some companies are starting to develop "odorless cleaners" for hospitals, Barnes said, and hospitals are trying to move in that direction.
"It’s the same effect in cleaning, but without the smell," she said.
Fox is using traditional cleaning products and disinfectants but is looking at changing. If new products meet the hospital’s standards, Barnes said, they could be adopted.
Barnes added, "For the most part, hospitals are going to smell like a hospital."