Showing posts with label first aid. Show all posts
Showing posts with label first aid. Show all posts

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Snakebite Fact and Fiction

With spring in the northern hemisphere, the warming weather brings the rattlesnakes out of hibernation. According to Arizona poison control, they have received 11 calls this April for Rattlesnake bites, four of which were dogs. I thought it might be an appropriate time to discuss snakebite fact and fiction, especially relating to first aid and animal treatments which might be found on the internet. Venomous snakebite is a fairly common occurrence around the world, and often happens in remote, inconvenient locations. This has resulted in the development of many first aid techniques and remedies that may be ineffective or dangerous. In addition, the sporadic, variable, and serious nature of snakebite makes controlled studies of even science-based treatments difficult. I will attempt to review the basic science of envenomation and what first aid and preventative treatments may be reasonable, which are not, and what treatments are effective and reasonably science-based.