Margaret A.Winker, MDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorsIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Although the recent report by Mr
Weiss and colleagues1 provided a national estimate of
333,687 dog bite injuries treated in emergency departments (EDs)
each year and other work has estimated approximately 17 deaths annually
from dog bites,2 we know of no national estimates of
hospitalizations for dog bite injuries. The Health Care Utilization
Project (HCUP) database maintained by the Agency for Health Care Policy
and Research contains standardized hospital discharge summaries
(including diagnoses, external causes of injury, and total
hospitalization charges) for all hospital discharges from 904 sampled
hospitals in 17 states. When weighted, the data provide national
Quinlan KP, Sacks JJ. Hospitalizations for Dog Bite Injuries. JAMA. 1999;281(3):232–233. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-3-jbk0120
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