Hospital Visit Protocol

Before
Each Hospital Visit

  1. Participating Pet Prescription Team certified dogs must
    be:

    • Volunteer and Dog must be authorized to visit at
      the assigned hospital
    • Dog must have a health screening annually, with stool culture and
      examination for enteric pathogens every year
    • Current on all vaccinations.
  2. To avoid bringing a dog to the hospital with diarrhea or other illness,
    assess the dog’s overall health and attitude 24 hours prior to a scheduled
    certified dog visit.
  3. Dogs must be bathed and groomed within 24 hours of a certified dog visit.
    This includes trimming nails and making sure the dog is free of fleas, ticks,
    skin lesions, and any signs of illness.
  4. In the designated “pet walk” area, the handler needs to walk the dog and
    encourage voiding prior to entering the hospital.
  5. Handlers are to dress appropriately for a dog visitation assignment.
    Specifically, wear the volunteer PPT shirt and hospital picture ID card as well
    as PPT ID.
  6. Appropriate dress for the dog is PPT Therapy vest prior to entering the
    hospital. Pinch collars are prohibited during visits.
  7. If sharing an elevator is
    necessary, ask the passengers for consent before entering and warn people
    seeking entrance to the elevator that a dog is on
    board.

Guidelines
for the Hospital Visit

  1. Be on time for every visit.
  2. The dog must remain on a leash under the handler’s direct supervision at
    all times. Do not tie the dog to equipment or furniture or hand the leash to
    other people.
  3. Before initiating the Certified Dog Visit, check with the nursing staff
    to receive list of rooms to visit.
  4. Do not enter a room that is not on the list or has a quarantined/ Do Not
    Enter sign.
  5. Wash hands immediately before the visit.
  6. Before entering any room, ask permission of all those present in the
    room. Ask if anyone has animal allergies. If so, do not enter the
    room.
  7. Before letting patient pet the dog hand the patient a sanitizer sheet to
    wipe their hands.
  8. The dog handler must be responsible for the dog at all times. It is
    important to consider the dog’s needs and humane care first. The handler must
    always stay with the dog and be in control of the
    situation.
  9. The handler must ask the patient’s permission before allowing the dog on
    the patient’s lap or bed. No large dogs are allowed on any bed during any
    hospital visits.
  10. If small dog is allowed on bed spread out a sheet for the animal to be
    placed on. Place the sheet in laundry hamper when done.
  11. After visit is completed hand a sanitizer sheet to the patient to wipe
    their hands after pet therapy visit.
  12. The handler may provide treats for the dog. Do not allow any other food
    to be given to the dog.
  13. If the dog has an “accident” while in the hospital, clean it up
    immediately.

    1. Use paper towels to soak up dog urine, and pick up the soaked paper
      towels or excrement using a plastic bag. Invert the bag, tie securely, and place
      in the trash.
    2. Dog feces may be placed in a hopper or toilet.
    3. Wash your hands immediately.
    4. Notify the nurse to call housekeeping if further clean up is
      required.
  14. Before leaving the patient’s room, wash hands at the end of visit
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About petprescriptionteam

Krystal Emery- Founder and Director of the Pet Prescription Team, former Marriage and Family Therapist – Krystal has captured local community’s attention with her compelling work with the Pet Prescription Team, therapy dog organization. “The human-animal bond is one of the strongest, most life-affirming relationships we can have,” Say’s Krystal Emery. Krystal and her husband Philip of 33 years, work side by side, helping pet owners train their family pet to become Certified Therapy dogs. Krystal knew pets, and dogs in particular, could bring solace and tranquility to people under stress and those confined to medical or care facilities needed that treatment as much or more than people in their homes. Before becoming an Dog Trainer and Founder of the Pet Prescription Team in early 2003, Krystal and Philip experienced firsthand the suffering and isolation elderly and mentally ill patients experience through being confined to a facility through the diagnosis of Philips father with Alzheimer’s. During the care of Philips father they both were able to see how beneficial their family dogs were in the comforting of not only Philips father but to other residents in the facility where he lived. In some cases it was the only visitor many of the residents ever received. Krystal and Philip bought their home in La Habra Heights,Ca so Krystal could have room to train dogs. Krystal enjoys living with and working with dogs, and especially loves learning to manage her two Australian Shepherds, Gittalong & Trigger. When moving to her home in La Habra Heights “No dog trainer could ask for more material than a dog training facility provides every single day, and it is a perfect environment to train and work with my dogs. I love the working breeds, and running Agility with the Australian Shepherds is among the most challenging and satisfying experiences of my life.” Through the opening of a dog training facility thus the Pet Prescription Team was born. The Pet Prescription Team was created in 2003 by Krystal Emery, with her companion Australian Shepherd named, Gittalong as its inspiration. The Pet Prescription Team mission was then, and is now, to demonstrate that companion pets make us healthier, thus the mission of “Healing Hearts Through Pets” to promote the human-animal bond. Pet Prescriptions Team major activities is to provide support for pet therapy teams, which are groups of volunteers who visit hospitals, nursing homes, hospice facilities and schools with their certified therapy pets. The Pet Prescription Team has continued to develop and pioneer new programs dealing with brain injured children from Cleta Harder Development School, Read to the Children’s Programs in Local Libraries and rehab programs for patients recovering from injuries using Therapy dogs to help aid and assist in all fascists of pet assisted therapy work.
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