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Snake bites

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Anthony Weber, M Johnson
Australia has some of the most venomous snakes in the world. All patients giving a history of a possible snake bite should be assessed, managed and transported to hospital. Fatalities occur within hours of the snake bite from initial multi-organ failure than cardiac arrest. Basic first-aid such as appropriate bandaging and immobilisation is effective and has reduced death rates significantly.Anti-venom is indicated for all patients who present with clinical and hospital laboratory evidence of envenomation. Anti-venom should be given early and is a horse-derived antibody that is also associated with producing allergic reactions in 25% of cases and anaphylaxis in 5% of patients administered.

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Parent Title

Paramedic principles and practice ANZ : a clinical reasoning approach

Start Page

707

End Page

722

Number of Pages

16

ISBN-13

9780729541275

Publisher

Elselvier Australia

Place of Publication

Chatsworth, NSW

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Monash University; Not affiliated to a Research Institute; School of Medical and Applied Sciences (2013- );

Era Eligible

No

Edition

1st edition

Number of Chapters

57

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