Because we run a state-of-the-art hospital, we are responsible for providing the best veterinary care possible to our patients. Minimizing the risk of infections in our patients during hospitalization is essential, as it should be in any hospital. For this reason, decreasing exposure of equine patients and veterinary personnel to pathogens is an important aspect of our care. The main goal of our infection control program is to help prevent the potential spread of disease and to develop an early warning system for the detection of disease causing organisms.
Protocols that are in place to help decrease the spread of infectious disease include;
Each barn has different protocols based on the cases in the barn. Certain precautions must be taken with certain groups of patients; these may include plastic boots and gloves to be worn when entering the stall, and foot mats at each stall door. The member of staff escorting you to the barn will advise you on these measures.
The entrance/exit of each barn has a foot mat or foot dip to prevent the spread of infectious disease from barn to barn.
There is a ready availability of hand sanitizer gel that should be used before and after contact with any patient to prevent any cross-infection.
Additional protective measures may include wearing plastic boots and gloves to enter the stall. The plastic boots and gloves are put on from outside the stall, prior to stepping past the threshold, and are discarded immediately upon exiting the stall.
A key to minimizing exposure of patients to infectious disease is control of traffic patterns. You will only be allowed into a barn if accompanied by or are directed by an employee.
Each barn aisle is cleaned and disinfected daily, some areas are disinfected twice a day; you may be asked to wait in admissions if this is currently being attended to in the barn.
Please feel free to bring your own feeds and, non medicinal, supplements for the duration of your horses visit. RREH has several feeds available for your horse should they suit their current diet.
If your horse is currently on medication please discuss this with the administrative assistant when making the appointment and organizing your horses stay, They can then notify the clinician.
The nursing staff will feed your horse as per your directions. RREH feed times are at 3am and 3pm.
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