New pet visit guidelines aim to control infections

Bryden, Lisa
August 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;8/12/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 4, p317
Academic Journal
The article reports on the development of a new set of detailed guidelines for deflecting infection from animals due to increase ratio of animal visits to hospitals and long-term facilities. It notes that more exotics and unusual species of animals have been brought to North American hospitals, placing patients at higher risk of infection and injury. A survey showed 90% of 223 Ontario hospitals allowed pet visitation and had variety of protocols in running the program. Guidelines emphasized the hand hygiene to lessen the risk of transmitting potentially zoonotic microorganisms. Other details on the set of guidelines were discussed including the reaction and recognition of hospitals for the said development.


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