GR44 Policy for animals in the healthcare setting


Category
Governance and risk management
Code
GR44
Issue No
Issue 4

Target Audience

All inpatient staff

Purpose

Pet therapy is acknowledged as an aid to the quality of those living with chronic disease, elderly people and conditions that benefit from the stimulation enhanced by pets (Pets As Therapy, 2017). However, there is a risk that disease can be acquired from a variety of animals and this policy aims to reduce that risk to a level that is safe for patients, staff, visitors and service users within the Trust.

Origin

Lead executive
Director of Nursing, Therapies and Patient Partnership

Author and contact number
Infection Prevention and Control Team
01244 397700


Policy dates & history

Implementation Date

01 March 2017

Review Date

01 March 2018

Approval Meeting

Infection Prevention and Control Sub Committee (IPCSC)

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