Statistic listed below are taken from: Holmquist, L. and Elixhauser, A. Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.November 2010.
The number of people admitted to the hospital because of dog bites grew by 86% from 1993 to 2008; in total there were 5,100 cases in 1993 compared with and 9,500 in 2008;
- Males were more likely than females to seek medical attention in a hospital emergency room setting in 2008 because of a dog bite when compared with females;
- An average of 866 people went to the hospital emergency room daily in 2008, and an average of 26 were admitted to hospital for dog bite injury;
- In total, for the year 2008, there were 316,000 emergency room visits involving a dog bite, or 103.9 visits per 100,000 population;
- Seniors and young children (especially those ages 5 to 9) were the dog bite victims most likely hospitalized in 2008;
- People in rural areas made four times as many emergency department visits for dog bites compared with people in urban areas in 2008;
- For the year 2008, almost half of those hospitalized for dob bite injury needed treatment for skin infection and 58% needed a procedure, such as stitches, skin grafts or wound debridement;
- The average cost for a dog-bite hospitalization was $18,200 in 2008;
- For every 100 patients presenting to the emergency department with a dog bite in 2008, 2.5% required admission, a lower rate than the 8% of all injured people who visit a hospital emergency room;
- In 2008, dog-bite emergency department visits were highest in the Midwest and Northeast, 109.9 and 108.5 visits per 100,000 population, but lowest in the West ,93 visitsvisits per 100,000 population. Likewise, dog-bite hospitalizations were highest in the Northeast, 3.9 stays, and lowest in the West, 2.5 stays per 100,000 population;
- The most common type of dog bite injuries requiring hospitalization in 2008 were skin and subcutaneous tissue infections and open wounds of the head;
- The most common procedures performed to treat for dog bite injury in hospitals in 2008 were debridement of a wound, treatment for infection, and a suture of skin and subcutaneous tissue.