A&E nurses are most likely to encounter human bite wounds that resemble the infamous injury suffered by the boxer Evander Holyfield when Mike Tyson bit off part of his ear, say researchers.
A two-year study at St James?s Hospital, Dublin,found 70% of bites involved injuries to the face, mostly the ear. 'Fight bites? - injuries to the closed fist caused by punching people in the mouth were also common.
Claire Picton, consultant in emergency care nursing at the Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust, said: 'If there is a piece bitten off, keep it and put in a plastic bag and put ice next to it in a separate plastic bag.
'Nurses should work closely with doctors to ensure that the patients get antibiotics,' she added.'People carry Staphylococcus aureus in their mouths and also streptococcus - there can be some pretty nasty bugs living in the mouth.?
Emergency Medicine Journal (2007) 24: 455-458