Friday, January 1, 2010
happy new year!
Massive soft tissue damage of the right leg caused by a pit bull attack. This patient was transferred to a level one pediatric trauma center for care. At times, staff members may need counseling after caring for savagely mauled patients.
Wounds to the left arm inflicted during a pit bull attack. This young patient was also bitten once on the left side of his face.
Massive soft tissue damage of the lower left leg caused by a pit bull attack. Most of the fatalities from dog bites are children. Rottweilers and pit bulls are responsible for about 60% of fatalities.
A different angle of the patient in Image 3 showing the massive soft tissue damage to this child's left lower leg. Pit bull attacks are not rare.
The devastating damage sustained by a preadolescent male during a pit bull attack. Almost lost in this photograph is the soft tissue damage to this victim's thigh. This patient required 2 units of O- blood and several liters of isotonic crystalloid. Repair of these wounds required a pediatric surgeon, an experienced orthopedic surgeon, and a plastic surgeon. Attacks such as these have caused a movement in some areas of the country to ban pit bulls.