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Almost Left Behind - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - April 2018

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A P R I L 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 2 1 P et therapy dogs make rounds every weekday in our waiting area for family members of patients in for same- day surgery. We've seen the dogs lift the mood of the entire room. Even after the dogs leave, you'll hear people talking to each other about their dogs, so now they're having conversations about some- thing that makes them happy rather than worrying about a loved one in surgery. One of the most surprising bene- fits has been the effect the dogs have had on staff morale. When staff members see one of the dogs walking down the hallway, their faces instantly light up, and many of them have treats at the ready. We partnered with a non-profit pet-visitation service that trains dogs for healthcare environments. We ask each owner to make sure their dog receives a bath the night before they visit. In addition, each dog has to be up on his vaccines and treated for fleas. Lee Halloran Beebe Medical Center Lewes, Del. lhalloran@beebehealthcare.org Pet Therapy Dogs Work the Waiting Room POWER PUPS

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