My poor coworker:( - page 2
One of the MSW's I work with who is a complete dog lover was petting the small dog of a hospice patient. The dog snapped and bit her nose and gashed it and she was gushing blood and the family did nothing ! She drove home... Read More
- 0Feb 24, '13 by Spidey's mom, ADN, BSN, RN GuideRegardless of the reason and regardless of the fact that you shouldn't try to pet a patient's dog, this does need to be reported.
I think people are reacting to the idea that a person shouldn't tell . . . . that's just silly.
But yes, stay out of a dog's space. And if you get bit, it needs to be reported to the Sheriff's office (what we do here) or Animal Control.
- 0Feb 24, '13 by MomRN0913It was reported and its a sad unfortunate incident. Unfortunately a kind social worker who is supporting a family of a dying patient kindly pet a dog sitting next to her and she got bit in the face.Until it actually happens, no one usual thinks there is harm in petting a dog who has been very friendly in all the times she has visited.She found out the hard way, but it wasn't like " she asked for it"
- 1Feb 24, '13 by Spidey's mom, ADN, BSN, RN GuideQuote from MomRN0913Of course not.It was reported and its a sad unfortunate incident. Unfortunately a kind social worker who is supporting a family of a dying patient kindly pet a dog sitting next to her and she got bit in the face.Until it actually happens, no one usual thinks there is harm in petting a dog who has been very friendly in all the times she has visited.She found out the hard way, but it wasn't like " she asked for it"
I've been known to reach out to a pet . . . they certainly sniff my feet as I have two dogs and a cat. It's hard as an animal lover not to at least put your hand out to let the smell you. So far I've been lucky. One dog would come up and put his paws on my thigh and then lay his face down on his paws . . .he looked like he was praying.
- 1Mar 2, '13 by MomRN0913The pet has to be reported for the safety of the person bit to make sure it's up to date on everything!!!!
Forget next time, this time she is scarred directly in her face. I think she knows not to pet someone pet.
Oh, talk about harsh, the family said " when the patient dies, we are putting the dog down anyways"
Well, the patient died last week, wonder what happened to the dog.
- 0Mar 2, '13 by KittyLovinRNMy agency has a strict pet policy, if family refuses to sequester pet in another room the nurse/therapist/msw, etc does not even have to go into the house. I wonder if this will entice your agency to create such a policy?
I agree the dog should be reported for the safety of the nurse, you'd be surprised how many people are irresponsible when it comes to vaccinations for their dogs.
- 0Mar 2, '13 by nursel56 GuideQuote from LaRNWe have a legal obligation to report bites to the Health Dept. It's a public health issue, not an "I'm telling on your dog and he is in big trouble" thing.this is a hospice patient......they're dying right? kind of harsh to report their pet. just don't pet him next time.
Here's an overview of the law in my county. Yours is likely similar.
LA Public Health - Veterinary Public Health
Sorry for what happened to your coworker MomRN0913. She is really lucky to have a good plastic surgeon on her case. I've worked with a few nurses who are totally spooked by pets now and insist they be tied, on a leash, or otherwise away from them when they visit the patient.Last edit by nursel56 on Mar 2, '13 : Reason: link