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    Shark Bite Treatment

    Call 911

    1. Get Emergency Help

    • For all but minor wounds

    2. Control Bleeding

    • Apply direct pressure to the wound.

    3. Keep the Person Warm

    4. Treat Shock

    5. For Minor Injury

    • Clean THE wound with soap and water, and cover.
    • Take the person to a medical clinic or emergency room for further cleaning.
    • Even a minor wound must be carefully cleaned to avoid infection.

    6. Follow Up

    Medical treatment will depend on the severity of the injury.

    • For a minor bite, the health care provider will clean the wound and may prescribe an antibiotic.
    • For a serious injury, health care providers will stabilize the person's airway, breathing, and circulation. Surgery may be necessary.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on September 12, 2015

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