NTDB DATA POINTS
FIGURE 1. HOSPITAL DISCHARGE STATUS
those bacteria that do are serious and can include
rabies, pasteurella, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus
aureus, and tetanus.
4 If one sustains a dog bite,
immediately wash with soap and water and seek
medical attention if the wound is severe or at risk for
rabies (that is, if the offending dog is unknown, appears
to be sick, or has an unknown vaccination status).
Throughout the year, we will be highlighting
these data through brief monthly reports published
in the Bulletin. The NTDB Annual Report 2015 is
available on the ACS website at
facs.org/quality-programs/trauma/ntdb. In addition, information is
available on our website about how to obtain NTDB
data for more detailed study. If you are interested in
submitting your trauma center’s data, contact Melanie
L. Neal, Manager, NTDB, at email@example.com. ♦
Statistical support for this article was provided by
Chrystal Caden-Price, Data Analyst, NTDB.
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More than 60 different kinds of bacteria are present in a dog’s
mouth, and although only a handful can cause infections, those
bacteria that do are serious and can include rabies, pasteurella,
methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, and tetanus.