Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines For Animals In Facilities
Objectives: These guidelines are to reduce the risk of zoonosis or animal-human disease transmission during animal assisted therapy programs.
Applicability: This guideline applies to all species of animals and all employees, students, volunteers, and other persons acting on behalf of Nourishing Hearts.
1. General Guidelines
1.1 Animals are to be excluded from:
1.2 Animals in health care are to be:
1.3 Animals with any of the following condition(s) are excluded from visiting for 1 week following the resolution of:
1.4 Only domesticated animals are permitted in facilities. The following are excluded:
1.5 Visits inside Client/resident rooms will be conducted only with explicit resident and roommate(s) permission before entering room.
1.6 Licking should be prevented as well as “shaking paws” even if paws are clean as floors may be contaminated.
1.7 All therapy animals in facilities must be approved by site management or designate. Facilities are responsible for documenting and tracking animals based on facility policy.
2. If an animal bites or scratches:
3. Animal related hygiene practices
3.1 Hand hygiene must be performed as per facility policy and procedure by all who have contact with animals. Client/residents should be assisted with hand hygiene as needed.
3.2 Where possible, animals are permitted on beds and laps with a disposable or washable waterproof barrier, such as a soaker pad or blue liner pad, should be placed between their clothes/blankets and the animal.
3.3 Animals and therapist are to have no contact with medical equipment, invasive devices, wounds, dressing or bandages.
3.4 Visitation of clients/residents under additional precautions is to be done only in consultation with Infection Prevention and Control or designate.
3.5 No visitation when patient is eating or undergoing medical procedure.
3.6 Any mess, including excrement, generated by the animal is the responsibility of the handler to clean up immediately.
4. Therapy Animal
5. Outbreaks or Ongoing Micro-organism Transmission
Writing, Panel of the Working Group, Lefebvre, S. L., Golab, G. C., Christensen, E., Castrodale, L., Aureden, K., ….Weese, J. S. (2008). Guidelines for animal-assisted interventions in health care facilities. AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control, 36(2), 78-85.
Sweet Pea visiting King's University College "Wellness Fun Fair" at Western. April 2016
Wellness Care Farm
Therapy Animals are diapered
or have their excrement contained by other means