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Med J Aust. 1995 Dec 4-18;163(11-12):616-8.

Snakebite deaths in Australia 1992-1994 and a management update.

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Australian Venom Research Unit, Department of Pharmacology, University of Melbourne, VIC.


Twelve deaths attributed to snakebite were reported in 1992-1994. Eight of the victims were males, and brown snakes (genus Pseudonaja) were involved in six of the deaths. Deaths caused by brown snakes were often sudden and unexpected, and autopsy findings were usually unremarkable. In no case was prompt effective first aid applied. The importance of appropriate first aid is emphasised and an update on management presented.

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