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Management and treatment of animal bites

Hurt, John, B., MS, PA-C; Maday, Kristopher, R., MS, PA-C

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: April 2018 - Volume 31 - Issue 4 - p 27–31
doi: 10.1097/
Review Article

ABSTRACT Animal bites account for 1% of ED visits and more than $50 million in healthcare costs annually in the United States. Managing bite wounds can be challenging and providers must consider the patient's tetanus status, species of animal inflicting the bite, and infection risk. This article describes treatment and care of bites and when rabies prophylaxis is indicated.

John B. Hurt is an assistant professor and director of clinical education in the PA program at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. Kristopher R. Maday is program director of the PA program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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