Disposition | Mammalian Bites In The Emergency Department: Recommendations For Wound Closure, Antibiotics, And Postexposure Prophylaxis
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<< Mammalian Bites in the Emergency Department: Recommendations for Wound Closure, Antibiotics, and Postexposure Prophylaxis (Trauma CME and Pharmacology CME)

Disposition

Outpatient Treatment

Little research is available to allow predictions of which patients with mammalian bites will do well with outpatient management. The general consensus is that patients who present without evidence of infection or damage to deeper tissues can be treated on an outpatient basis. The patient should be instructed to keep the wound clean and dry. If antibiotics are prescribed, the first dose should be given in the ED. Re-evaluation of the wound for signs of infection in 24 to 48 hours is recommended. 

 
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