What are the indications for inpatient care in patients with animal bites?

Updated: Sep 14, 2020
  • Author: Suzanne K Doud Galli, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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  • For most animal bites, local wound care with thorough cleansing and perhaps suturing of wound edges may be adequate treatment. Not all authors recommend the routine use of antibiotics following these treatments. However, in the event of more extensive injury or the development of infection, hospitalization may be required.

  • With larger animal bites, bedside debridement may not be adequate. In situations with large amounts of tissue loss or an avulsed appendage, surgical debridement of the wound with immediate reconstruction or salvage of an appendage may be required.

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