Therapy dog joins emergency department staff

From CBC News:

Charlottetown’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital is adding a therapy dog to the emergency department to see if that will ease the stress on patients waiting for treatment.

“For most, a visit to the emergency department is an overwhelming and stressful experience” said QEH emergency department nurse manager Mike MacDonald in a news release.

“Trained therapy animals can have a positive calming effect, almost immediately, improving a person’s blood pressure and other vital signs, as well as their experience.”

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