have a variety of resources
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How to Start a Program
The Upper Michigan Dog Therapy Partnership has the expertise
to assist you in setting up a program that will allow dogs
to successfully visit health care facilities. We have expertise
in program design, implementation, administration and evaluation.
Need help with development of policy and procedures? Are you
unsure about risk management issues such as infection control?
We can help! Need licensed Pet Partners to visit your new
program? We can help with that as well.
Infection Control and Related
Risk Management Issues
Infection control issues can seem insurmountable."Knee-jerk-reactions";
about animals in health care setting are common. "Those
dogs will give our patients diseases," is often heard.
Likewise, other risk management issues, such as concern over
animal bites, are raised.
Do not let concerns about animals interacting with patients
mislead you from the facts. Domesticated animals that are
animals that are healthy, friendly, have current vaccinations
and are appropriate to interact with patients in health care
settings. Evaluation programs for determining appropriateness
of domesticated animals to interact with health care patients,
such as Delta Society's Pet Partners Program, significantly
mitigate issues such as the risk of biting or scratching.
The Partnership's expertise in the area of infection
control will empower you with scientifically based information
so you can provide facts about risk management to individuals
and alleviate unjustified concerns.
Shari Smith-OTR and
Pet Partner, and Amos
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