NICE guideline on the treatment of human and animal bites

cat bite

There is a risk of infection from a human or animal bite if it breaks the skin. This NICE guideline summary sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for human and animal bites (excluding insect bites) in adults, young people and children aged 72 hours and over. It targets to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

The summary contains recommendations on:

  • assessment
  • antibiotic prophylaxis for uninfected bites
  • treating infected bites
  • advice
  • reassessment
  • referral and seeking specialist advice.


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