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First Aid Treatment On Animal Bites

A personal know-how on First-Aid Treatment is very important for everyone. The “Just In Case” motto and the “Always Prepared” Scout’s oath is always essential in case of accidents in every day life happens. First Aid Treatment slows down the effect of the accident; it may maybe cuts or bleeding, drowning, animal bites or any other disorder attack. So let’s be prepared!

FIRST AID TREATMENT ON ANIMAL BITES

A personal know-how on First-Aid Treatment is very important for everyone. The “Just In Case” motto and the “Always Prepared” Scout’s oath is always essential in case of accidents in every day life happens.

First Aid Treatment slows down the effect of the accident; it may maybe cuts or bleeding, drowning, animal bites or any other disorder attack. So let’s be prepared!

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Here are some facts on animal bites and it’s First Aid Treatment.

An injury that results when flesh is caught between the teeth of an animal that leads to:

• Superficial skin breaks with or without bleeding.

• Puncture wounds.

• Major lacerations.

 

Pets are a common cause of bites, with dog bites occurring most frequently. Cat bites are considered more serious due to the higher incidence of infections associated with them. Stray and wild animals such as bats and monkeys also inflict thousands of bites every year. Bites from wild animals are especially dangerous because of the threat of rabies.

The doctor observes the bite for signs of infection - increasing skin redness, swelling and pain. He also examines the wound for possible nerve or tendon damage or bone injury. He cleans the wound with an antiseptic solution and removes any damaged tissues. He may prescribe an antibiotic to prevent infection and give the patient an injection to protect against tetanus. In all cases of animal bites a physician should be consulted to see whether in the circumstances of the case one should receive prophylaxis against rabies.

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Things one must do when encountering an animal bite:

1. Calm down and reassure the victim. The wound needs to be attended to with clean hands.

2. If the bite only breaks the skin it has to be treated like a minor wound. Wash the area thoroughly with soap and water, apply an antiseptic and cover it with a clean bandage.

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3. If the bite creates a deep puncture or the skin is badly torn and bleeding apply direct pressure with a clean dry cloth until the bleeding subsides. Keep the injured part elevated to minimize swelling.

4. Children should be taught never to approach strange animals.

5. Never provoke or tease animals.

6. Report animal bites to the animal control authorities so that measures can be taken to prevent further such incidents.

7. Get yourself vaccinated against tetanus.

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Always keep an emergency kit at different places at home, your cars and office.

SOURCE

http://doctor.ndtv.com/topicslider/ndtv/tid/7/pagenum/5/Animal_bites.html#list?cp

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Comments (3)

a very helpful and informative post

great advice Ron.

Ranked #3 in First Aid & CPR

dear all thank you for the read, votes and comments.

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