Orderly and Adequate Medical Records
These are critical for the pet's welfare and continuity of care. Records are reviewed on-site as well as submitted to an outside consultant. There must be an individual record for each pet patient.
Complete Diagnostic Facilities
This represents three of the 12 specific areas, including the examination room, radiology services and clinical pathology services. It also covers the equipment necessary to provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services. The facility must be fully equipped to make prompt, accurate diagnosis and treatment. An on-site library of basic textbooks and current periodicals also is required.
Complete Pharmacy Facilities
The most frequently used medications must be available at all times, controlled substances must be monitored, and clients must be adequately informed concerning treatment.
Proper Anesthetic Procedures
The hospital must conduct a pre-anesthetic examination before surgery and provide a safe, painless, state-of-the-art anesthesia during surgery.
Modern Surgical Facilities
The hospital must have an aseptic, single-use room for surgery. Proper lighting, sterile equipment and procedures, and easy access to drugs and equipment are required.
This is a vital part of an efficient animal hospital. Skilled veterinary technicians contribute greatly to the professional care pets receive from diagnosis through recuperation.
Properly Maintained Environment
Safe and sanitary conditions must be maintained throughout the hospital, from the reception room to the kennel, including outside premises.
Each AAHA hospital must provide, or have access to, 24-hour emergency service for its clients.
Oral hygiene is as important to a pet's health as it is to a person's health. AAHA hospitals routinely perform teeth cleaning, extractions, and gum work.
Continuing education is the cornerstone of excellence in small animal care, so the hospital must have a comprehensive and updated medical library of textbooks and current periodicals for staff use.
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