SNAKEBITES; Seeking Medical Care & its Diagnosis || (#burnsteem25)

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In continuation to our earlier post on snakebite and its symptoms, we will be looking at seeking medical care and diagnosis. Snakebite cases should be reported immediately to the hospital emergency unit for quicker response. Identification of whether it is venomous or non-venomous should not arise firstly while seeing medical care. But the identification of the snake type would be useful as this should be reported to the emergency unit who in turn prepares for the required antivenin treatment.

Where it is identified as non-venomous snakebite, proper wound care should be given. In cases where victims have not received a tetanus booster for the last 5 years, this should be given. But where it is venomous, a treatment plan is prepared based on the snake's description and identification. One will wonder why we have to describe and identify the snake type before formulating a treatment plan, this is simply because of the different Anti-venom that exist for different snake species that are venomous.

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As soon as the victim is brought in, the medical officer quickly looks at the fang marks or local trauma where the bite is seen. In most cases, there are pain and swelling in most snakebites be it venomous or non-venomous.

Also, one of the quickest things expected to be done by the medical officer is to start treatment of breathing problems, shock, or any life-threatening wounds before a comprehensive workup is done. Injuries/wounds are examined and cleaned to reduce venom infection load on surfaces.

And if there are symptoms in the victim, blood and urine samples should be examined in the lab to ascertain if there are evidence of bleeding, Blood clotting disorder, kidney problems, and muscle death. This is thoroughly done to avoid misses due to late occurrences of some of the symptoms. Either way misses therein may result in dire consequences with death in view.

Therefore, even when there is no positive status from blood and urine samples, victims are watched over a period of time to determine if there would be symptoms in breathing as well as cardiovascular system.

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Lastly, we have to look out for this; the limb which usually hosts the snake to be attached is divided into three compartments namely, the Nerves, the Blood Vessels, and the Muscles. And severe swelling from snakebites is observed to distort the flow of blood in these three compartments by causing the victim more pain and numbness. When the limb gets cold and white and is not treated on time, the victim may have to undergo amputation.

Thank you, guys. Hope this was helpful?👍

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Thanks for sharing this piece with us in the community. Snake is one creature I fear a lot, I have watched the effects of snakebites analyzed in a program themed Snakes in the City on NatGeo Wild. You have written a standard about the effects and how urgently treatments are needed.

I found this piece very useful. Thanks for sharing in the community, @xkool24.

Yeah, it is one of the scariest of a creature we have that survived most living conditions. Knowing the effects of a snakebite would encourage us to take its treatment serious. Thank you for stopping bye @fredquantum.