Snake bites. Hussein Unwala Dr. Ingrid Vicas February 4, 2010. Objectives. Identifying Venomous Snakes Signs of Envenomation Treatment of Presumed Snakebites. Identifying the Pit Viper. Prairie rattlesnake - coiled and rattling Longest fangs 3-4 cm Significant local tissue destruction.
Dr. Ingrid Vicas
February 4, 2010
Identifying the Pit Viper
“Red on Yellow Kills a Fellow”
Hey Doc! Is This Snake Poisonous?
Identifying Coral Snakes
Sonoran Coral Snake
“Red on Black, Venom Lack”
Milk Snake - nonvenomous
Low rates (0-3%) of wound infections
No rationale for routine use of corticosteroids or anthistamines
Careful followup of patients who received CroFab
serum sickness, delayed type hypersensitivity
Fetal loss may be as high as 43% for bites during pregnancy
Avoid any activity where risk of bleeding increased!!