What is included in prehospital care for animal bite wounds?

Updated: Sep 18, 2018
  • Author: Alisha Perkins Garth, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Obtaining the history of the bite event is of major importance, including home treatment of wounds, body parts involved, and other symptoms (see History).

Rinse bite wounds, if possible, and cover with a sterile dressing. Tap water has been shown to be as effective for irrigation as sterile saline. [17]

Encourage patients to seek prompt care.


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