Things are a long way from being anywhere near back to normal , but with many states starting to relax stay-at-home orders and allowing businesses to gradually begin reopening, employers and staff alike are wondering what that ’ s going to look like. Animal h ospitals are no exception.
Each month in NEWStat , we highlight an article from the upcoming issue of Trends magazine. Many nosocomial or hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) go unnoticed, according to the 2018 AAHA Infection Control, Prevention, and Biosecurity (ICPB) Guidelines. That means “solely relying upon the awareness of outbreaks as a measure of effective ICPB practices results in a false sense of security and unnecessary patient and staff health risks,” the guidelines warned.
When it comes to reopening a veterinary practice, “There’s no one-size-fits-all approach,” said veterinary epidemiologist J. Scott Weese.
Tamara Grubb, DVM, PhD, DACVAA, cochair of the 2020 AAHA Anesthesia and Monitoring Guidelines for Dogs and Cats , is excited about the new guidelines. “There are so many new things [that] I don’t even know where to start,” she told NEWStat .
In an effort to help veterinary practitioners elevate end-of-life care for companion animals, AAHA now offers an End-of-Life Care accreditation option for veterinary practices as part of the AAHA Standards of Accreditation .