Bite rates vary by species: dogs (60–90%), cats (5–20%), rodents (2–3%), humans (2–3%), and rarely other animals, including snakes
System(s) affected: potentially any
Detailed history of the incident (provoked or unprovoked); type/breed of animal; vaccine status
Site of the bite
Underlying medical history
Dog bites (60–9...
Complete bite report according to local policy
Elevate the injured extremity to prevent swelling.
Contact local health department to determine the prevalence of rabies in the i...
Recheck for infection in 24 to 48 hours.
Daily follow-up for infections to ensure resolution.
Base revisions of antibiotic therapy on culture resu...
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S61.459A Open bite of unspecified hand, initial encounter
S01.85XA Open bite of other part of head, initial encounter
S20.97XA Other superficial bite of unspecified parts of thorax, initial e...
Wound cleansing, débridement, and culture are essential. Most wounds should be left open.
Antibiotic prophylaxis is recommended for human bites and high-risk wounds.
Consider rabies and ...
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