The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has set out protocol to introduce animal therapy into hospitals in the UK, and the Buddies team could not be more on board!
The protocol could see patients benefiting from a furry visitor brought to their bedside.
Obviously, there are concerns regarding bringing a dog into a clinical environment, however the RCN’s documents highlight precautions that should be taken such as infection control, health and safety checks and allergy considerations.
A previous RCN survey found that the majority of nurses thought that animals were beneficial to patients, however animals were not allowed in their workplace. Nine out of 10 nurses believe that animal therapy can help improve the health of patients with depression and other mental health problems, with 60% of respondents also believing that animals can help speed up patient recovery.
As a dog friendly office, we know that having your furry friend by your side can help reduce stress and also boost morale. We stand by the British Veterinary Association, who have welcomed the RCN’s guidelines ‘Working with Dogs in Health Care Settings’.
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