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The Managment of Animal Bite Wounds in Australia


Phoebe Allison
Nicola Payne

Faculty of Medicine
University of Adelaide


The aim of this exercise is to follow a case through the presentation, history, investigations and managment of a bite wound. It requires consideration to the epidemiological risks of bites in Australia, especially the Northern Territory. The case involves a woman who presents with an erythematous and oedematous forearm with evidence of a mammalian bite. The user will be taken through some of the aspects of initial management of a bite and one of the complications that can sometimes occur.

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