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Henry, Francis P and Purcell, Elizabeth M and Eadie, Patricia A (2007) The human bite injury: a clinical audit and discussion regarding the management of this alcohol fuelled phenomenon. Emergency Medicine Journal , 24 , (7) , pp. 455-458. /10.1136/emj.2006.045054.

The aim of this study was to audit the management of these human bite wounds, with particular focus on infective complications and outcomes. Methods: A three year retrospective chart review was undertaken on all patients referred to the plastic surgery unit from 1 January 2003 through to 31 December 2005. A total of 92 patients with 96 human bite wounds were identified. The majority were male (92%). Alcohol consumption was documented in 86% of cases. The majority (70%) occurred over the weekend or on a public holiday. Facial injuries made up 70% of injuries with the remainder being to the upper limb. The ear was the most common target of all facial injuries (65%). Infection was documented in 18 cases (20%), with bite injuries to the upper limb and those presenting late (>12 h) having a higher incidence of infection.


Item Type
Article
Publication Type
Irish-related, Article
Drug Type
Alcohol, All substances
Date
2007
Identification #
/10.1136/emj.2006.045054
Call No
MM16.2.2, VH4.2
Page Range
pp. 455-458
Publisher
BMJ Publishing
Volume
24
Number
7
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB 3713 (Not in collection)
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