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Mammalian bites introducing the BITES assessment tool


White, JM, Mammalian bites - introducing the BITES assessment tool, Australian Doctor pp. 28-29. ISSN 1039-7116 (2013) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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Mammalian bite wounds are a common source of hospital admission in Australia. The rapid and systematic assessment of bite wounds enables appropriate patient care and follow-up to prevent serious complications. This article introduces an innovative B.I.T.E.S assessment tool for use in prehospital care, general practice or the emergency setting to enable rapid assessment of bite wounds. The five steps in the tool include identification of bite features (species and site), infections and injections, treatment and time, existing health considerations and signs and symptoms. The B.I.T.E.S assessment tool is easy to use and can positively improve patient outcomes in several ways.

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Item Type:Professional, Refereed Article
Keywords:For publication in the June Edition of The Australian Doctor - Mammalian Bites and Zoonoses
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Primary health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:White, JM (Mrs Janelle White)
ID Code:84963
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2013-06-07
Last Modified:2019-07-15
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