Take Home Points
- There is no strict golden hour for wound closure. Location, contamination and patient factors all should be taken into account
- Dog bites can be closed primarily. Bites on the hand and foot are higher risk for infection. If you close, strongly consider adding antibiotic prophylaxis
- Sterile water is unnecessary for wound decontamination as are additives (ie betadine). Tap water under reasonable pressure (45 psi) is adequate.
REBEL Core Cast 55.0 – Wound Care II – Dogma
Post Peer Reviewed By: Salim R. Rezaie, MD (Twitter: @srrezaie)
Cite this article as: Anand Swaminathan, "REBEL Core Cast 55.0 – Wound Care II – Dogma", REBEL EM blog, May 5, 2021. Available at: https://rebelem.com/rebel-core-cast-55-0-wound-care-ii-dogma/.
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Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at St. Joe's Regional Medical Center (Paterson, NJ)
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