Consensus Statement on Animals' Relationship with Pediatric Oncohematological Patients, on Behalf of Infectious Diseases and Nurse Working Groups of the Italian Association of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
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Contact with animals in pediatric oncohematologic patients is associated with many benefits, but the risk of contracting zoonoses, even if low, must be considered by clinicians. In order to assess the awareness about this topic, we surveyed the Italian pediatric oncohematology centers, which resulted in heterogeneous responses. The Infectious Diseases Working Group and the Nurse Working Group of the Italian Association of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, together with veterinarians from the National Federation of Italian Veterinarians, drew up a consensus document to unify the indications to be given to families with the aim of guaranteeing a safe interaction between patients and animals and improving the collaboration of clinicians with veterinarians and families.
|Publication Title||J Clin Med|
|Author Address||Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences of the Mothers, Children and Adults, Post Graduate School of Pediatrics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, 41121 Modena, Italy.Pediatric Unit Ospedale Santissima Annunziata di Savigliano, 12038 Savigliano, Italy.Pediatric Oncology Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, 20133 Milan, Italy.Pediatric Oncohematology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Children's Hospital, Spedali Civili, 25123 Brescia, Italy.Department of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Production, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, 80137 Naples, Italy.National Federation of Italian Veterinarians (FNOVI), 26100 Cremona, Italy.Department of Onco Haematology and Cell and Gene Therapy, Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital, IRCCS, 00165 Rome, Italy.Pediatric Hematology Oncology Unit, Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Policlinico di Modena, 41125 Modena, Italy.Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Department of Mother and Child, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata, 37126 Verona, Italy.|
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