MDU advises GPs how to deal with patients with dog bite injuries

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) has warned GPs to take particular care when treating patients with dog bite injuries.

Figures showed the number of patients attending A&Es with such injuries has increased by 40 per cent over the past four years.

MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Michael Devlin said: ‘If not properly managed, animal bites can have serious repercussions for the patient, including infections, scarring, nerve damage, psychological effects and even death, which is why we are warning GP members to take particular care in assessing trauma caused by animal bites.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

More details at www.the-mdu.com

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