Animal Bites

Animal Bites is a topic covered in the Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics.

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General Principles

  • Management includes copious irrigation, culturing visibly infected wounds, and obtaining imaging to exclude fracture, foreign body, or joint space involvement.
  • Most wounds should not be sutured unless they occur on the face and have been thoroughly irrigated.

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General Principles

  • Management includes copious irrigation, culturing visibly infected wounds, and obtaining imaging to exclude fracture, foreign body, or joint space involvement.
  • Most wounds should not be sutured unless they occur on the face and have been thoroughly irrigated.

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