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Chicago Hospital Allows Pets to Visit Patients
Petside.com ^ | 3/28/13 | Jo Singer

Posted on 03/29/2013 10:40:11 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows

Anyone who has shared their life with a companion animal and bonded closely has experienced a healing relationship. We are truly blessed with their capacity to offer unconditional love. Just being in their presence gives us such an abundance of joy and happiness.

It’s an undisputed fact that animals are highly intuitive beings who excel in the art of healing. The majority of cat lovers will wholeheartedly agree that there is nothing more relaxing and soothing than having a purring kitty on their lap. In fact, those of us who are insomniacs are often quickly lulled off to dreamland. 

Animals help humans in so many ways, by teaching us about unconditional love, trust and loyalty. As a result, companion animals often make excellent therapists. Given the right temperament and appropriate training, pets that are used in animal-assisted therapeutic programs, give great solace to elderly nursing home residents and make a huge difference in their lives. Therapy cats and dogs can greatly transform the lives of folks suffering from stress disorders and those who are lonely and depressed.

Despite the healing ability of the human-pet relationship, the majority of hospitals in the United States refuse to authorize their patients to have even a short visit with their beloved furry family member. Hospital administrators justify their refusal to allow pets for visits with concerns that range from the risk of infection to libel.

But according to The Commercial Appeal, after three years of analysis over logistics, cleanliness and costs and believing that the benefits outweigh the risks, Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center has joined a dozen other hospitals around the country by compassionately opening their doors to allow patients to receive visits from their pets in their rooms.

Before this forward-thinking decision was made, some sympathetic staff sometimes arranged “clandestine” visits for patients be with their pets. Others looked the other way while a visitor snuck an adored kitty or pooch into a patient’s room for a few minutes. However the good news is that all of that subterfuge is a thing of the past, since pet visits are now out in the open and totally legal.

This said the hospital does have a few regulations for pet visits. Only cats and dogs are presently allowed. Everyone concerned must consent to the visit, including the attending physician. If the pet has an "accident" the pet handler must clean up the mess. Environmental services will then sanitize the area. The pet must be bathed and groomed prior to the visit and is not allowed to interact with any other patients.

A patient at Rush University Medical Center who has ovarian cancer expressed her gratitude about being able to spend some quality time with her pet Dachshund said, “It just gives me a little piece of home. It’s just wonderful to have someone to hug and help me deal with things.” I can only imagine the joy of other Rush patients are feeling, being able to spend precious moments with their beloved furry friend


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping
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OK, that's exactly one good thing to come out of Chicago.
1 posted on 03/29/2013 10:40:11 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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2 posted on 03/29/2013 10:41:31 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Doggie ping!


3 posted on 03/29/2013 10:41:48 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Yep!

(’bout the only thing I can think of offhand—LOL!)


4 posted on 03/29/2013 10:42:09 AM PDT by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Hospital administrators justify their refusal to allow pets for visits with concerns that range from the risk of infection to libel.

Libel? My roommate's parrot publicly defamed me! I'm going to sue the hospital.

5 posted on 03/29/2013 10:43:42 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: basil

Succinct and unambiguous.


6 posted on 03/29/2013 10:44:28 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I work at a nursing home and we let family bring pets to the residents so long as they are well-behaved and have their shots. We also have a woman from the local humane society bring a different puppy every week to visit the residents. Most of them love it. And several staff members have adopted the pups. A win/win!


7 posted on 03/29/2013 10:45:14 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Slings and Arrows
Who cleans up the "accidents"?? What about FLEAS?? What about BARKING and waking patients?? What about Pet DANDER?? What about others that are ALLERGIC?? What if two dogs get into a fight??? What about PITBULLS?? What a STUPID idea.....sounds lovely, though.

My friend just had a shoulder replacement and had to buy a VERY EXPENSIVE SOAP to clean herself with one WEEK before she came in for the operation because of GERMS and infections running rampant in the hospitals!!

8 posted on 03/29/2013 10:45:25 AM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: KarlInOhio

Would love to see the parrot cross-examined in court!


9 posted on 03/29/2013 10:45:54 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: KarlInOhio

Cats can be quite derisive.

[I think that someone doesn’t know the difference between “libel” and “liability.”]


10 posted on 03/29/2013 10:47:34 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

They have some dogs that visit in the waiting room at the oncology center where my wife goes. The people with the dogs always carry some disinfectant wipes for those that want to pet the animals.


11 posted on 03/29/2013 10:51:32 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: Slings and Arrows

I don’t think my cats would appreciate a trip to a hospital, but if it works for some folks and pets then good on ‘em.


12 posted on 03/29/2013 10:53:11 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Ann Archy; Eaker; trisham
What about PITBULLS??


13 posted on 03/29/2013 10:53:40 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: humblegunner

Deimos would hate the Big Mac box, but love the attention. The other two...not happening.


14 posted on 03/29/2013 10:54:54 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

OMG


15 posted on 03/29/2013 10:55:31 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy
sometimes a great notion isn't it all its cracked up to be....

pets to visit patients?....well, how about a pig?..there's some folks that think they're pig is their pet....

what about ferrets?.....there's whole clubs out there with pt adoring their little ferrets....

what about someone that doesn't want animal hair or smells around them.....

do other people have any rights at all?...

maybe the solution would be to have one pet visiting area where the pts go to visit their pets....not having pets coming into the pts rooms where food, drink, medicines are being distributed...

16 posted on 03/29/2013 10:56:21 AM PDT by cherry
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To: ilovesarah2012

The first time Polly says “cracker”...he’s friccase


17 posted on 03/29/2013 10:56:41 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: stuartcr

Reasonable accommodation, that.


18 posted on 03/29/2013 10:57:33 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Says only cats and dogs are allowed now...What ...no bears or snakes??? That’s prejudice.


19 posted on 03/29/2013 10:58:59 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

LOL


20 posted on 03/29/2013 10:59:42 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Slings and Arrows

I’ve got a feeder for them when I have to be gone.
They get left outside (we’re in the country) with
the porches open for shelter.

Lizzy is always mad when I get back.. not because of
any hardship but at the busting of the routine.

Malcolm wakes up and says “Dude, the door has been broke for like DAYS I guess”.


21 posted on 03/29/2013 11:00:10 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: cherry

Frankie is one of 32 pets that volunteer at the hospital. “Right now we have 27 dogs, 1 cat, 2 bunnies, 1 pig and 1 rat,” says Cathy Bones, pet therapy coordinator at the hospital.

22 posted on 03/29/2013 11:01:01 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Yeah right. There aren’t enough infection control problems in hospitals as it is.

Can I bring some chickens into the hospital to pay my bill?

I love dogs and cats but this is NOT a good idea.


23 posted on 03/29/2013 11:01:51 AM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: cherry
People have Pet RATS.....uh.....how about doing what we did for a few HUNDRED years......NO DAMN PETS in HOSPITALS!!!!

My GOD, save us from ourselves, we are almost too stupid to exist.

24 posted on 03/29/2013 11:01:55 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I have mixed feelings about it: I would be concerned about any possible impact on other patients due to hygiene issues. When my wife was dying, I was hoping to be able to get her home to hospice care, and I mentioned to the nurses that I was hoping she would be able to see her cat one last time (among other things). They said: “Bring it in! We’ll let you.” But I really couldn’t do that. Fortunately, she did get to go home for that last three days of her life, and her cat jumped up into the hospital bed and slept with her there part of the time. I think she appreciated that.


25 posted on 03/29/2013 11:04:10 AM PDT by Solidstatechemist (SolidStateChemist)
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To: Solidstatechemist

I’m sure she did.


26 posted on 03/29/2013 11:05:22 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Ann Archy

This is one of those times the saying, “The Road to Hell is paved with good intentions” comes to mind.

Bacteria epidemics in hospitals today are bad enough without bringing pets into the mix.


27 posted on 03/29/2013 11:07:52 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

No kidding!!


28 posted on 03/29/2013 11:08:59 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
We have a up scale nursing home here in West Texas that allows patients to bring their animals to stay with them. Of course the animals must adjust to the new surrounding and not be any trouble being anti social in the day to day life. VERY GOOD IDEA.

It is proved animals have an healing effect on people, especially the young and the old.

29 posted on 03/29/2013 11:11:09 AM PDT by geologist ("If you love me, keep my commands" .... John 14 :15)
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30 posted on 03/29/2013 11:38:41 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
One of my dogs is a therapy dog and we regularly go to convalescent homes for visits with the patients. We belong to a group called Faithful Paws in Houston and I don't know how many 100 people and their pets belong and we all do this. Even people who do not belong to our group can ask for permission to visit a patient in the hospital. Hairy and I have done this outside the group several times.
31 posted on 03/29/2013 12:06:40 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Slings and Arrows

> Chicago Hospital Allows Pets to Visit Patients

Makes total sense. Pet hospitals allow humans.


32 posted on 03/29/2013 12:09:31 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Apparently many hospitals are doing this. Just last week a friend of mine was in the hospital in Jackson Michigan and he told me his daughter brought his dog up to see him.


33 posted on 03/29/2013 12:16:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Ann Archy

If you actually read the article, you would know that the animals are expected to be freshly bathed, shots, the works, and right there in the second paragraph it clearly states that the pet handler is expected to clean up any “accidents”, followed by the hospital’s environmental services (janitors) sanitizing the area.

There are extraordinarily few pathogens that are communicable between pets and humans, and those that are would show on the pet, barring the critter from entry to the facility.

The hysterical and panicked style of your response makes it rather obvious you have had little to no experience with well-socialized pets. Your pit bull comment only accents your ignorance about the VAST majority of pets.

I pity your type.


34 posted on 03/29/2013 12:19:27 PM PDT by Don W (There is no gun problem, there is a lack of humanity problem!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“[I think that someone doesn’t know the difference between “libel” and “liability.”]”

LOL.


35 posted on 03/29/2013 12:28:35 PM PDT by rudabaga
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To: Ditter

Thank you and Hairy for your kindness.


36 posted on 03/29/2013 12:30:27 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

There is a fair bit of research out that shows the positive health benefits to owning pets. So, to me, it makes sense that allowing the pets to visit in the hospital is a beneficial thing. And it appears that issues such as cleanliness, etc. will be taken into account.

And let’s face it, with Ocare implementation, there isn’t going to be much health care so a visit from the pooch might be all the ‘medicine’ some people will get.


37 posted on 03/29/2013 12:31:15 PM PDT by iceskater (Enjoy your chains, comrades.)
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To: rudabaga

That too. ;^)


38 posted on 03/29/2013 12:31:37 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Except for gay pets! lol


39 posted on 03/29/2013 12:32:14 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I'm done with the GOP. Let them wither and die. We need to start over.)
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To: Fledermaus

They’re visiting, not marrying.


40 posted on 03/29/2013 12:34:11 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Don W; Ann Archy; TheOldLady; Ditter; humblegunner; TheMom
Your pit bull comment only accents your ignorance about the VAST majority of pets.

I pity your type.

Ann Archy is FR's 'lil ray of sunshine.

Her type is the reason that I like dogs a lot and people not so much.

Just to make her day, here is my great big coon hound sleeping in a min pin bed.

My pit mix when he was a puppy with his first Glock.

The wee Phudd chasing cows.

My pit fighting a min pin.

Ditter's doggie. Now who the hell wouldn't love a visit with this pup?

TheOldLady's cat's new bed.................

The latest news report about humblegunner.

And finally my Foster, we call this one "A Corgi in a laundry basket."


41 posted on 03/29/2013 1:17:37 PM PDT by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. — Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Damn, missed you on the ping.

I just don’t seem to have a National Tattler photo of yer cats handy!


42 posted on 03/29/2013 1:20:11 PM PDT by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. — Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: Eaker

How did I make it into that lineup?

I never saw them hookers as pets and I wouldn’t want ‘em near me in a hospital.


43 posted on 03/29/2013 1:26:42 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Ann Archy
My friend just had a shoulder replacement and had to buy a VERY EXPENSIVE SOAP to clean herself with one WEEK before she came in for the operation because of GERMS and infections running rampant in the hospitals!!

Hibiclens is not that expensive and it is used to kill the germs already on the patient.

44 posted on 03/29/2013 1:30:15 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
Would love to see the parrot cross-examined in court!

Lawyer: Mr. Parrot. Did you or did you not say something libelous to my client?
Parrot: F@#ck you!
Parrot owner: Your Honor, my parrot only knows those two words.
Judge: Mr Parrot do you in fact know only those two words?
Parrot: F@#ck you too!
Parrot owner: Your Honor, I honestly don't know how he learned that third word!
Parrot to owner: Go f@#ck yourself!
Lawyer: I rest my case!

45 posted on 03/29/2013 1:31:53 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: cherry

Could someone bring my therapy snake to to the hospital? Pretty please?

http://desktopia.net/wp-content/uploads/walls/thumbs/Yellow-Python-575x431.jpg


46 posted on 03/29/2013 1:38:02 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: humblegunner

My friend, the world needs you because you taught Charlie Sheen all he knows.

You are a National Treasure.


47 posted on 03/29/2013 1:46:25 PM PDT by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. — Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

ROFL


48 posted on 03/29/2013 2:07:52 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Eaker
I don't have any good photos of my cats - trying to get them to sit still is an exercise in futility. Still, here are Zia (top) and Misty:

Zia and Misty photo 12242012002.jpg

And here are Misty and Deimos:

Misty and Deimos photo Image011.jpg

49 posted on 03/29/2013 2:08:32 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Ann Archy; All

A couple of years ago my GSD and I schlepped on an airplane from Southern California to WisCANsin to say goodbye to my Daddy who was in a nursing home.

Oh. My. GOSH, was she well received. Smiles all around on otherwise grumpy, nothing to live for, expressions on their faces.

It was WELL worth it....in oh, so many ways.

Then a couple of weeks ago I brought BOTH dogs into a hospital to visit Gramps. Ditto that. LOTS of smiles all the way around.


50 posted on 03/29/2013 2:23:39 PM PDT by Brads Gramma (Psalm 83)
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