Recently Maci was assigned to the critical care area. A family was traveling on I-75 from Florida back to their home in Northeast Georgia and was involved in a motor vehicle collision. Their truck rolled over and the driver was significantly injured, but awake, alert and oriented. All four family members were brought into the Emergency Center for evaluation. In addition, another family member, the couple's golden retriever was also brought in by EMS. The gentleman was assigned to Maci's room. So was the dog. The patient was worried about his family and his dog. Because they were from out of town they didn't have a place for the dog to go or anyone local that could come and get the dog. Maci, with approval from the ER physician, allowed the well-behaved dog to stay in the man's room until arrangements could be made for him to be transferred for boarding. It was important to the patient to know that his family and his dog were alright. Maci understood that sometimes holistic care and the psychosocial aspects of trauma are unconventional. It is well established in science the benefits provided by animal therapy and companionship and in this case, those benefits were felt in a most unique and informal way that Maci was able to facilitate.
Maci Laseter, RN, BSN, CEN
Medical Center, Navicent Health
Maci understood that sometimes holistic care and the psychosocial aspects of trauma are unconventional.