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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 342914, 3 pages
Case Report

Gunshot Wound Contamination with Squirrel Tissue: Wound Care Considerations

Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Florida, 1329 SW 16th Street, P.O. Box 100186, Gainesville, FL 32610-0186, USA

Received 14 August 2013; Accepted 5 November 2013; Published 22 January 2014

Academic Editors: V. Haddad and C. C. Lai

Copyright © 2014 Porter W. Maerz et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


While report of animal bites contaminating wounds is reported commonly, direct wound contamination with squirrel flesh has never been reported in the literature. The patient suffered an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound that drove squirrel flesh and buck shot deep within his right buttock. This case outlines his hospital course and wound treatment. The patient was treated with ten days of broad spectrum antibiotics, extensive debridement of the wound in the operating room, and further treatment of the wound with a vacuum dressing system. While squirrel tissue and buckshot had to be removed from the wound on day six of the hospital stay, the patient remained afebrile without signs or symptoms of systemic illness.