Nurses Arena Forum

Welcome, Guest: Help / Recent Posts / Search / Login / Register

Stats: 3579 Members, 7957 topics. Date: October 16, 2019, 05:46:08 PM

UK: Number of Nurses Being Attacked By Dogs While Visiting Patients on The Rise - News - Nurses Arena Forum

Nurses Arena Forum / General Category / News / UK: Number of Nurses Being Attacked By Dogs While Visiting Patients on The Rise (768) Views

Pages (1) (Print) (Go Down)

UK: Number of Nurses Being Attacked By Dogs While Visiting Patients on The Rise by katty : April 01, 2019, 06:10:44 PM
An increasing number of community nurses in Derbyshire are being bitten by dogs while visiting patients in their homes.

Leadership at the Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust (DCHS) say that much of the risk around these incidents is “unpreventable” due to the very nature of the job.

A report published by the trust says that there has been an “increase in the number of dog bites”.



At a meeting of the trust’s governing board on Thursday, March 28, Ian Lichfield, a non-executive director, suggested that staff could call the patient they were about to visit, ask if they have a dog, and if they do, “ask them to put it away”.

Amanda Rawlings, the trust’s director of people and organisational effectiveness, said: “I hate to say this, but some of this is almost unpreventable.

“When staff visit patients, it is in the patient’s home environment and it is hard to avoid this risk if they own dogs.

“It is a similar problem as that faced by those in the postal service. The number of incidents we are seeing is increasing.”

There have been 12 incidents of staff being injured by dogs while giving care to patients at home in the current financial year.

In the previous year, 2017 through to March 2018, there were 12 injuries sustained by staff from dogs and one in which a member of staff was scratched by a cat.

A spokesperson from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust said: “We all need to do our best to keep staff safe while they are visiting patients at home to deliver care.

Source: https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/number-nurses-being-attacked-dogs-2709721

Pages (1) (Send)

Viewing this topic: 0 Members and 1 Guest


Canada: Quebec commits to easing nurses' workloads with major reform

Started by katty

Replies: 0
Views: 2223
Last post March 30, 2018, 08:30:54 AM
by katty
Nigeria Paediatric Nurses to Conduct Free Malaria Screening

Started by katty

Replies: 0
Views: 3161
Last post April 27, 2017, 03:32:23 AM
by katty

(Go Up)

Nurses Arena Forum - Copyright © 2014 - 2019 Developed By Martin Sunday. All rights reserved.
SMF 2.0.14 | SMF © 2017, Simple Machines
SMFAds for Free Forums

Disclaimer: Every Nurses Arena Forum member is solely responsible for anything that he/she posts or uploads on Nurses Arena Forum.