When do bites need prophylactic antibiotics?

SHOULD bite injuries be managed with prophylactic antibiotics?

Unless there is a high risk of infection, healthy people usually do not need prophylactic antibiotics after being bitten by an animal.1

Bites on hands have the highest risk of deep damage, severe infection and complications.2,3 A Cochrane review reports that, regardless of whether it is a cat, a dog or a human that causes the bite, prophylactic antibiotics are beneficial if the wound occurs on the hand.3

Wounds that involve deeper tissues such as joints, tendons, bones or cartilage,