January 10, 2018

Bright Idea from Accreditation

Keeping it clean

It may not be time for spring cleaning just yet, but it’s never too early to review your hospital’s infection control protocols. Take a tip from these AAHA-accredited practices to keep your hospital sterile (and sparkling!).

Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, New Jersey came up with a time-saving and contamination-reducing way to monitor recovering patients: Attach repurposed syringe casings to each recovery cage that contain designated supplies for each pet. This keeps team members from having to search the treatment room for these items and decreases cross-contamination.

Catskill Animal Hospital in Catskill, New York uses a small digital alarm clock to ensure disinfectant spray cleaners have appropriate contact time with hospital surfaces.

The team at VCA Crocker Animal Hospital in San Jose, California helps prevent cross-contamination (and keep scrub jars clean) by never placing their hands in to collect gauze squares. Instead, they always use long, narrow-handled sponge clamps. 


2018 AAHA Diabetes Management Guidelines now available

Diabetes management can be overwhelming and time-consuming for both pet owners and practitioners. To help with this challenge, AAHA is pleased to release its newly revised Diabetes Management Guidelines.

Created with an additional focus on empowering veterinary technicians to be a primary source of education and support for owners of diabetic pets, the 2018 AAHA Diabetes Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats offer important updates to AAHA’s 2010 guidelines.

Brand-new online tools and educational resources for pet owners and veterinary teams include quick-reference algorithms on diabetes monitoring and troubleshooting; new insulin formulation recommendations and information; thorough discharge and home monitoring diary templates; how-to videos on insulin administration, capillary blood sampling, and urine glucose testing; and client and staff education materials.

AAHA guidelines review the latest information to help veterinary teams address central issues and perform essential tasks to improve the health of their patients. In addition to the Diabetes Management Guidelines, AAHA plans to release infection control, prevention, and biosecurity guidelines and updates to its 2013 Dental Care Guidelines in 2018 and 2019.

The 2018 AAHA Diabetes Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats are supported by an educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health and Merck Animal Health. Find them online at aaha.org/diabetes.

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