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Thumbs Up on Safety Scalpels - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - May 2019

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8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A Y 2 0 1 9 W hether you're looking to relieve the pre-procedure anxiety of your patients or to help your staff through trying or stressful times, consider adding a furry four-legged friend to your staff. We rely on Lulu, a 5-year-old golden retriever-labradoodle mix who is a registered pet therapy animal, to quell a good amount of the anxiety that is common in many people who undergo any type of surgical procedure. After getting explicit permission from patients on days she visits our facili- ty, Lulu spends time with both pre-op and post-op patients — outside of restricted and semi-restricted areas — and the benefits of these interac- tions are many. She helps with everything from reducing anxiety (pre- and even post-op), offering a diversion (patients tend to forget about their upcoming or even delayed procedures when they're petting Lulu) and Ideas Work P r a c t i c a l p e a r l s f r o m y o u r c o l l e a g u e s That CANINE CURE-ALL Meet Lulu, the Pet Therapy Dog WellSpan Health

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