My poor coworker:(

  1. 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 bleeding and her mom found. Good plastic surgeon t a prestigious ospitl in our area. She got 15 stitches on her nose. She is a beautiful girl. She is sooooo traumatized right now from the whole event.And the family didn't apologize or even ask how she was. Let alone offer to call an ambulance. My heart breaks for her. She is so sweet and trusting.Talk a about occupational hazards.
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  3. by   amoLucia
    I believe, animal bites are reportable to local Health Depts, so there may be some official followup. Of course, I am assuming that this incident WAS reported to the proper authorities. The dog should be quaranteed and she may need the rabies injection series (?). Don't understand the low-key response of the family, but I wonder if their dog was legally licensed and vaccinated?? Maybe that explains their response?

    If your coworker was injured on-the-job performing job related dutes, she may be elegible for Work Comp benefits. I hope she filed an employee injury incident /accident report. Your agency should have P&P re same.

    Any household pet is a potential occupational hazard. Your coworker most likely doesn't want to cause any further problems for that family, but... She WAS INJURED; it could have been YOU; it may be another visitor, maybe a child. It really needs to be reported.
  4. by   LaRN
    I love animals too, but I've learned to leave patient's animals alone. same thing with their grand kids.

    Hopefully she won't snitch on the dog.......she got in his space.
  5. by   MomRN0913
    Snitch in the dog?She had to " snitch" on the dog. When you arrive at the er with a bloody gash on your face and are bit by a dog you have to. She had to let them know what happened, she had to make sure the dog was properly vaccinated for her own protection.She got in its space? She was petting a dog while providing counseling to the family. Ecause she had seen this dog other times, the family told her how good it was, it jumped on the couch next to her and they don't bother to lock up the dog when hospice comes in......I think this was an accident, not the owners fault, not my coworkers fault. But I do think the proper steps need to be taken.She needs to file workers co o so the ALL the proper steps had to be followed.The dog was only quarantined for 10 days. The family didn't bother telling the nurse when she went in the other day and when they locked up the dog it managed to " push" the dog open and no one bothered to lock it back up.Oh yeah, and the family said " oh, when the patient dies, we are putting the dog down anyways"Nice, huh?
  6. by   Mulan
    One shouldn't touch strange dogs, or any animal for that matter.
  7. by   Ruas61
    Quote from LaRN
    I love animals too, but I've learned to leave patient's animals alone. same thing with their grand kids.

    Hopefully she won't snitch on the dog.......she got in his space.
    Are you serious?
  8. by   sharpeimom
    The last time we had a routine vet appointment, someone called with a similar question. Here's what the receptionist said:

    If a dog bites a family member or friend, it does not legally have to be reported if no charges will be pressed. The dog must be up-to-date on all shots, including rabies vaccine.

    If you are bitten by (or your dog bites) someone who will press charges, it must be reported and the vet must provide proof of immunizations and current rabies protection.

    If you (or a family member) are bitten, tell the MD or ER staff what happened and which dog did it, if you know. If you don't know the dog, give a description of it to police.

    Our two dogs are always current on ALL shots and always have their licenses, rabies tags, and ID tags attached to their collars. They are also microchipped.

    As friendly and loving and goofy as our two dogs are, we prefer that people that aren't regular visitors don't pet them. We think of them as our big, silly, loving, furry kids, but they are DOGS, after all.
  9. by   paradiseboundRN
    I have been attacked by 2 dogs in my HC career. Both times I was not engaging with the dogs at all. Luckily, both times the dogs tore my clothes (a blouse and my pants at the ankle) and not my skin. The first time, the Meals on Wheels delivery person went to house right after me and was severely bitten in mutiple places and taken to the hospital. I learned my lesson, these dogs need to be reported right away.
  10. by   HmarieD
    Quote from LaRN
    I love animals too, but I've learned to leave patient's animals alone. same thing with their grand kids.
    HAHAHAHAHA That is hilarious
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Feb 24, '13 : Reason: format
  11. by   LaRN
    Quote from Ruas61
    Are you serious?
    YES I'm serious. after a few uncomfortable lessons, I've learned to not touch, do or disturb anything other in a patient's home than what i am there for. I have plenty examples, but this one stands out in my mind: was visiting a patient who had been trying unsuccessfully to move her television set into another room. It wasn't very big, so I offered to move it for her.....and when I did, the damned thing broke....apparently it was dry rotted and the front cover where the on/off and volume buttons crumbled and broke off. I had to replace her t.v. because she thought I broke it.

    and this was a small dog, how did it manage to bite her face? He's either a high jumper or she put her face next to his.
  12. by   MomRN0913
    The dog was sitting on the couch next to her while she was counseling a family. She wasn't in its face.
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    Regardless 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.
  14. by   MomRN0913
    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"