Fight bite injury: emergency department assessment and management
Evidence & Practice    

Fight bite injury: emergency department assessment and management

Barry McBrien Registered advanced nurse practitioner, Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin

Human bite wounds to the hand are relatively common injuries and are associated with high infection rates. Given the unique anatomy of the hand, the bite mechanism and the organisms found in human saliva, even the smallest wound can result in an aggressive infection. Failure to recognise and treat human bite wounds appropriately, can therefore have negative outcomes for patients. This article outlines the diagnostic features of, and complications associated with, bite wounds and discusses the recommended treatment options.

Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2016.e1611

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Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 20 June 2016

Accepted: 08 August 2016

Published online: 31 October 2016