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Dog Bites

Author(s)Marina Morgan; John Palmer
AbstractWound management is as important as use of antimicrobials in preventing infection. Primary closure should be avoided in limb injuries where possible because of increased risk of infection. For patients considered to be at higher risk of infection, the prophylaxis of choice is co-amoxiclav. Erythromycin or flucloxacillin should never be used alone prophylactically as Pasteurella infection is usually resistant. Infected wounds presenting within 12 hours of injury are usually due to Pasteurella multocida. Patients at particularly high risk of infection are immunosuppressed patients, particularly those with asplenia or cirrhosis or those who have had a mastectomy
Date of publishing02/24/2007
Date of last review by us06/28/2007
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