After the dust has settled...
September 18, 2017
Sutter's "Paws on Call" Pet Therapy Program
Being in the hospital is stressful and worrisome for everyone - patients, their families, and friends. Medical staff also works under pressure and deals with stress on a daily basis. Sutter Roseville focuses on the patient experience and staff well-being, and Sutter's Paws On-Call provides a program that pitches in wherever needed to provide a few minutes of comfort and respite.
Using breeds from a 7 lb Havanese to a 200 lb English Mastiff, and everything in between, the evaluation and training process for each new pet and handler team is strict and very thorough. The patients being visited are often very fragile, and the handlers are responsible for working with these dogs around these patients and all their medical equipment, IV lines, etc. The program offers ongoing monitoring to keep handler/dog skills at their best, coaching the handlers in what they will encounter in the hospital environment. Continual screening of new teams is needed, as dogs retire, or pass on, or new puppies come on board.
Whether it's for a family nervously waiting for their loved one to come out of surgery, for an oncology patient at the Infusion Center, a child in Pediatrics, doctors, nurses, or staff, Paws on Call is all about the patient and family experience - simply sharing a smile and a tail wag to bring a little brightness to their day...
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