Fox 7 News profiled one of the most valuable members of the trauma team at University Medical Center Brackenridge, Central Texas’ Level I trauma center operated by Seton Healthcare Family. He’s known as “Jack of All Trauma,” and he eases the stress of doctors, nurses and others dedicated to caring for patients rushed to the downtown Austin emergency room with the most extreme injuries and ailments. As Dr. Drew Fielder, the hospital’s chief of surgery, noted in this story, “He’s a mood improver, a four-legged psychologist.” Below is a written excerpt from the story:
The staff at University Medical Center Brackenridge have a little help getting through the stressful days.
The littlest staff member of trauma services roams the halls to find those who might need a quick cuddle.
“Jack of All Trauma” is a 12-pound miniature poodle. He is the first documented therapy dog used to help hospital staff instead of patients.
Although he does take patient referrals on occasion, the pup is mainly used to reduce stress for nurses, doctors and other staff who deal with some of the toughest cases at the hospital.
“The physicians, everybody smiles when they see him. Sometimes, we see so much around here, it’s hard to smile at times,” said Tina Stocker an Emergency Room Nurse at UMC Brackenridge.
“I mean, yesterday, I had a pretty bad patient, or two days ago I think it was. And I got to pet Jack afterward and it kind of brings your heart rate down, makes you feel a little bit better, but he’s just so sweet,” said nurse Rebecca Vinyard.
92 percent of the hospital staff surveyed said that just seeing Jack walking down the hall can make their entire shift better.