Do prophylactic antibiotics in mammalian bites prevent wound infection?
Several studies included in the review were small, one involving only 12 patients. Different antibiotics were used in the studies, ranging from penicillin V to dicloxacillin.
Bites by mammals are a common problem, accounting for up to 1% of all visits to hospital emergency rooms. Dog and cat bites are most common, and school-age children make up almost half of those bitten