Evidence & Practice
Examining evidence on dog bite injuries and their management in children
Gemma Elizabeth Murray Junior sister, Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Birmingham, England
Dog bites are common injuries in children. The effects of such injuries can be devastating for the children concerned and their families. It is therefore important to provide holistic care and to consider psychological well-being as well as physical recovery. There should be clear guidelines for professionals about reporting dog bites and safeguarding.
The literature recommends primary closure of the dog bite wound unless an infection is present. Literature also suggests that prophylactic antibiotics are ineffective in preventing infection except in hand injuries, although they are still routinely used in practice. This article recommends further research, support and education on dog bites in children, as well as national guidelines.
Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2017.e859Correspondence
This article has been subject to open peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software
Received: 26 September 2016
Accepted: 15 December 2016
Published online: 29 March 2017