What should be included in patient education for animal bite wounds?

Updated: Sep 18, 2018
  • Author: Alisha Perkins Garth, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Educating patients about the risk of infection despite proper wound care, antibiotics (if indicated), and close follow-up care is very important. Even bite wounds that have received the best care may become infected. Teach patients the signs of infection and the need for prompt attention if the wound should become infected.

For patient education resources, see the First Aid & Emergencies Center and Infections Center, as well as Animal Bites and Rabies.


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