Podcast #210: Bear Mauling

Author: Jared Scott M.D.

Educational Pearls:

  • Bear mauling is not a common issue in the ED.
  • The Ursus americanus (black bear) is the most common in Colorado, but Ursus arctos horribilis (grizzly bear) attacks are more frequent because they are more aggressive.
  • Head and neck lacerations are the most common injuries. Complications include infection and long term PTSD.
  • Most bear attacks are defensive in nature.
  • If a bear attacks you – lay face down and cover your neck with your hands.

References: Frank RC, Mahabir RC, Magi E, Lindsay RL, de Haas W. Bear maulings treated in Calgary, Alberta: Their management and sequelae. The Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery. 2006;14(3):158-162. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2539044/

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