Human Bites Questions & Answers

Updated: Mar 04, 2021
  • Author: Jeffrey Barrett, MD; Chief Editor: John L Brusch, MD, FACP  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

Are human bites dangerous?

How are human bites characterized?

What is the pathophysiology of clenched-fist human bite injuries?

What is the pathophysiology of occlusive human bite injuries?

What is the pathophysiology of disease transmission in human bite wounds?

How do human bite wounds occur?

What is the incidence of human bite wounds in the US?

What is the incidence of human bite wounds in the UK?

What are the demographics of human bite wounds?

What is the prognosis of human bite wounds?

What complications are associated with human bite wounds?

When should a patient with a human bite wound seek additional care?

What information should be provided to patients with human bite wounds?

Presentation

What information should be included in the chart of patients with human bite wounds?

Why is the clinical history of human bite wounds difficult to determine?

What other aspects of a patient history are relevant in the care of human bite wounds?

What information about how the injury occurred should be obtained from a patient with a human bite wound?

What information should be obtained about signs and symptoms in patients with human bites?

Which comorbid conditions place patients with a human bite wounds at a higher risk for infection?

What are the legal considerations in the treatment of human bite wounds?

How is a physical exam for human bite wounds performed?

How is a human bite wound evaluated?

What bite-specific information should be noted in the assessment of human bite wounds?

What are the guidelines for documentation in cases of human bite wounds?

DDX

What are the diagnostic considerations in human bite wounds?

What are the differential diagnoses for Human Bites?

Workup

Which lab studies are indicated in the workup of human bite wounds?

Which imaging studies are indicated in the workup of human bite wounds?

What are the indications for wound cultures in the workup of human bites?

Treatment

How is a human bite wound cleaned?

What is involved in closing human bite wounds?

What is involved in preventing tetanus in human bite wounds?

What is the role of antibiotics in the treatment of human bite wounds?

What are additional considerations in the treatment of human bite wounds?

What activity restrictions are indicated in the treatment of human bite wounds?

What prehospital care is indicated in the treatment of human bite wounds?

What emergency care is indicated in the treatment of closed-fist human bite injuries?

What emergency care is indicated in the treatment of puncture wounds from human bites?

What emergency care is indicated in the treatment of human bites to the ear or nose?

What is the role of antibiotic prophylaxis in the treatment of human bite wounds?

When is prophylaxis antibiotic therapy indicated in the treatment of human bite wounds?

What treatment is indicated for infected human bite wounds?

When is hepatitis B vaccine indicated in patients with human bite wounds?

When is HIV postexposure prophylaxis indicated in patients with human bite wounds?

What is the role of surgical intervention in the treatment of human bite wounds?

What are the surgical indications for human bite wounds?

What treatment is indicated in head and neck wounds from human bites?

What treatment is indicated for lip wounds caused by human bites?

What is the role of vascular repair in the treatment of lip wounds from human bites?

What is the role of venous drainage in the treatment of lip wounds from human bites?

How are ear wounds caused by human bites treated?

How are cheek wounds caused by human bites treated?

How are eyelid wounds caused by human bites treated?

How are nose wounds caused by human bites treated?

When is inpatient care indicated for human bite wounds?

What follow-up care and monitoring is indicated in patients with human bite wounds?

Which specialist consultations are indicated in the treatment of human bite wounds?

Guidelines

What are the treatment guidelines for human bite wounds?

Medications

Which medications are indicated in the treatment of human bite wounds?

Which medications in the drug class Immunizing Agents are used in the treatment of Human Bites?

Which medications in the drug class Antibiotics, Other are used in the treatment of Human Bites?