Oncology nurses' experience of dimethyl sulfoxide odor.

  title={Oncology nurses' experience of dimethyl sulfoxide odor.},
  author={D. M. N. Prior and Annie Mitchell and Monica Nebauer and Merideth D. Smith},
  journal={Cancer nursing},
  volume={23 2},
This article presents findings of an exploratory descriptive study on the effects of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) odor in an oncology unit. The nursing staff, who had reported their concerns about the unpleasant odor emitted from patients undergoing peripheral stem cell transplantation, initiated the study. A literature review revealed some evidence of the possible ill effects on staff caring for patients having DMSO treatment, but many questions remain unanswered such as what staff experience in… CONTINUE READING