Infection control experts outline guidance for animal visitations in hospitals

New by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) outlines recommendations for developing policies regarding the use of animals in healthcare facilities, including -assisted activities, , and personal in . The guidance was published online in & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of SHEA.

“Animals have had an increasing presence in healthcare facilities,” said , MD, MPH, a lead author of the recommendations. “While there may be benefits to patient care, the role of animals in the spread of bacteria is not well understood. We have developed standard prevention and guidance to help protect patients and healthcare providers via animal-to-human transmission in healthcare settings.”

Since evidence on the role animals play in the transmission of pathogens in healthcare facilities is largely unknown, the SHEA Guidelines Committee comprised of experts in and prevention developed the recommendations based on available evidence, practical considerations, a survey of SHEA members, writing group opinion and consideration of potential harm where applicable. The guidance was also endorsed by the Association for Professionals in and Epidemiology (APIC), a professional association of more than 15,000 preventionists.

Guidance is grouped by the role of animals — animal-assisted activities (i.e., pet therapy and volunteer programs), service animals, research animals and personal pet visitation. Select recommendations are highlighted below.

Animal-Assisted Activities

  • Facilities should develop a written policy for animal-assisted activities. An animal-assisted activity visit liaison should be designated.
  • Allow only dogs to serve in animal-assisted activities, such as pet therapy.
  • Animals and handlers should be formally trained and evaluated.
  • Animal interaction areas should be determined

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Comments

    • LegatoC
    • March 17, 2015

    Fuck snakes.

    • ChunkOfNorris
    • March 17, 2015

    I hope all those dogs die.

    • Justin Davis
    • March 17, 2015

    pretty sure one of those dogs died shortly after if they got bit.. 

    • mgshadow45
    • March 17, 2015

    Kind of amazing how well the dogs work together to keep the cobra busy
    while the others attack it.

    • LickMyShittyTits
    • March 17, 2015

    Good 30 second video, didn’t need to be looped.

    • Ry666
    • March 17, 2015

    30 second video repeated once… don’t bother watching the entire video,
    just the first or last half of it because dumb-ass uploader needs ad
    money.

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