Risk Factors for Hospitalization After Dog Bite Injury: A Case-cohort Study of Emergency Department Visits
Rhea, S., Weber, D. J., Poole, C., & Cairns, C. (2014). Risk Factors for Hospitalization After Dog Bite Injury: A Case-cohort Study of Emergency Department Visits. Academic Emergency Medicine, 21(2), 196-203. DOI: 10.1111/acem.12312
This study provides a unique, quantitative examination of risk factors for hospitalization after dog bite injury. The relative risk of hospitalization associated with each factor was substantial. The strongest association was for a modifiable risk factor, infection. This finding may inform best practices for initial care of patients with dog bite injuries and the development of novel protocols for following patients to reduce infections and subsequent hospitalizations.