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Evaluating and treating mammalian bites

Rasmussen, Donna MBA, MPA, PA-C; Landon, Alexandra MPA, PA-C; Powell, Jennifer MPA, PA-C; Brown, Gina R. MPAS, PA-C

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants: March 2017 - Volume 30 - Issue 3 - p 32–36
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000512233.61549.2b
Review Article

ABSTRACT Mammalian bites, typically from dogs, cats, or humans, are a common presentation in EDs and family practice settings, and patients present with varying degrees of complexity. Injuries can range from local to systemic, including aggressive bacterial infections and permanent limb impairment. Using a systematic approach to initial wound assessment, followed by appropriate diagnostic testing and treatment, is critical to improved long-term patient outcomes.

At the time this article was written, Donna Rasmussen, Alexandra Landon, and Jennifer Powell were students in the PA program at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan. Gina R. Brown is an assistant professor in the PA program at Wichita State University. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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