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Guidelines for the Management of Snakebites

Arvinderpal Singh, Trimaan Singh

Keywords : Anti-snake venom, First aid, Snakebite

Citation Information : Singh A, Singh T. Guidelines for the Management of Snakebites. Curr Trends Diagn Treat 2018; 2 (2):102-108.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10055-0048

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-08-2011

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; The Author(s).


India is estimated to have the highest snakebite mortality in the world. World Health Organization (WHO) places the number of bites to be 83,000 per annum with 11,000 deaths.1 Most of the fatalities are due to the victim not reaching the hospital in time where definite treatment can be administered. In addition, community is also not well informed about the occupational risks and simple measures which can prevent the bite. It continues to adopt harmful first-aid practices, such as tourniquets, cutting, and suction. Studies reveal that primary care doctors do not treat snakebite patients mainly due to lack of confidence.2 At the secondary and the tertiary care level, multiple protocols are being followed for polyvalent anti-snake venom (ASV) administration, predominantly based on western textbooks.

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