It's that time of year again. For the leaves to change, all the ghouls and goblins to come alive, and for a sudden influx of sugar! After the success of last year's blog post "How Being a Wound Specialist Can Help You Survive a Zombie Apocalypse," I knew I had to do another Halloween-themed post. In my practice I have seen an influx of animals bites this summer, which got me to thinking, what if you were bitten by a werewolf or vampire? We all know how difficult animal bites are to treat. Because of the design of the fangs, the bacteria are often driven deep down into the tissue. Imagine that... only 10 million times worse! How would you treat one of these bites? How would you survive? To survive being attacked by either of these creatures, let's look at a few details. Ironically, being a wound specialist could put you at an advantage against these creatures, just like zombies!
First, a few facts about werewolves1:
Next let's look at vampires, and we are not talking about the Cullens (who are "vegetarian" vampires, for those of you who are not familiar with Twilight)2,3:
Now that we know how to better our chances of surviving an attack by a werewolf or vampire, remember whatever creature you may be trying to avoid this Halloween season, have fun and be safe. Finally, I would like to end this post with a very serious message: "Why are vampires like false teeth? They all come out at night." – Anonymous
1. Supernatural Wiki. Werewolf cure. 2019. http://www.supernaturalwiki.com/Werewolf_Cure. Accessed September 23, 2019.
2. Vampire Underworld: Myth, Lore and Vampire Fiction. How to treat a vampire bite. 2019. https://vampireunderworld.com/blood-info/treat-vampire-bite/. Accessed September 23, 2019.
3. Meyer S. Twilight. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company; 2005.
4. Molnlycke Health Care. Mesalt: sodium chloride dressing to stimulate the cleansing of discharging wounds. https://www.molnlycke.us/products-solutions/mesalt/. Accessed September 23, 2019.
About the Author
Emily Greenstein, APRN, CNP, CWON, FACCWS is a Certified Nurse Practitioner at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND. She received her BSN from Jamestown College and her MSN from Maryville University. She is certified as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has been certified in wound and ostomy care through the WOCNCB for the past 8 years. At Sanford she oversees the outpatient wound care program, serves as chair for the SVAT committee and is involved in many different research projects. She is an active member of the AAWC and currently serves as co-chair for the Research Task Force and Membership Committee. She is also a working member of the AAWC International Consolidated Diabetic Ulcer Guidelines Task Force. She has been involved with other wound organizations and currently serves as the Professional Practice Chair for the North Central Region Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Society. Emily has served as an expert reviewer for the WOCN Society and the Journal for WOCN. Her main career focus is on the advancement of wound care through evidence-based research.
The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author, and do not represent the views of WoundSource, HMP Global, its affiliates, or subsidiary companies.