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Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2004 May;22(2):423-43, ix.

North American snake envenomation: diagnosis, treatment, and management.

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  • 1Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 419 West Redwood Street, Suite 280, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA. bgold@smail.umaryland.edu

Abstract

A bite from a venomous snake is a medical emergency involving not only the affected site but also multiple organ systems. Rapid transport of a snakebite victim to a medical facility is paramount. Management decisions must be based on close clinical monitoring of the potentially erratic envenomation syndrome. Because of the many variables inherent in the management of snakebite victims, consultation with a physician specialist is recommended.

PMID:
15163575
DOI:
10.1016/j.emc.2004.01.007
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