Bite Resistant Arm Guards Can Protect You From Human Bites
Written by: Robert Kaiser
Robert Kaiser, CEO of BitePRO, the world’s first dedicated brand of protective clothing, specialised in user friendly and wearable scratch and bite protection said:
“There is no doubt in my mind, scratch and bite resistant arm guards can help protect healthcare professionals,special educational needs teachers, carers and other working with individuals displaying challenging behaviour from physical injury, risk of infection, soft tissue damage and subsequent psychological distress”.
According to The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, bite injuries represent 1% of all emergency department admissions in the United States.
A low figure of 1% of all emergency department admissions is nevertheless an incredibly high number overall.
Teaching professionals working within schools specialised in severe learning disabilities, challenging behaviour, special needs or autism spectrum disorder, as well as care workers and nurses within mental health care and psychiatric hospitals, are aware that human bites can be relatively frequent in their work environment, and many seek protection from the subsequent injuries.
Robert Kaiser continues:
“Bite injuries can of course become infected and mental health care professionals could subsequently be contaminated with pathogens. Transmissions of potentially life threatening viruses, such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV are also a part of reality”.
Looking at the potential and realistic consequences, we must look at all possible options in protecting these professionals from such consequences, which in the worst case scenario can include trauma, severe infections and even death following the transmission of an incurable virus.
BitePRO® Bite Resistant Arm Guards have proven over and over again how effective they are in protecting against these risks and thus the potential and realistic consequences of a bite from a human
A padded (impact absorbing) version of their ever so popular Version 1 arm guard model is also available, also reducing the severity of bruising. However, our experience is that the #1 priority for our international customers is to prevent human teeth penetrating their skin.
Debbie Townsend, Physical Intervention Training Manager of the UK based Oxfordshire Learning Disability NHS Trust once said:
“Human bites can cause both physical injury, risk of infection, soft tissue damage and psychological distress to staff… our employees are usually aware of the potential for human bites from records of previous incidents, hence preventative steps, including the provision of bite resistant arm guards, are taken.
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