Shark Bite Treatment

Medically Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD on January 15, 2020

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