Clinical Aspects and Emergent Management of Snake Bites Presented to Emergency Department


SÖNMEZ B. M. , Yilmaz F., YıLMAZ M. S. , Kavalcı C., GÖKHAN Ş., Akbulut A. S. , ...More

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL AND ANALYTICAL MEDICINE, vol.6, no.5, pp.558-561, 2015 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 6 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.4328/jcam.2253
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF CLINICAL AND ANALYTICAL MEDICINE
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.558-561
  • Keywords: Emergency Department, Snake Bite, Treatment, TURKEY, ENVENOMATION, SECONDARY, THERAPY, REGION
  • Inonu University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Evaluating the epidemiologic characteristics and management of snake bites presenting to emergency departments. Material and Method: In this retrospective study 74 cases of snakebites admitted to Emergency Department of Diyarbakir Training and Research Hospital between 2008 and 2009 were retrospectively evaluated. Results: Fourty-six (62.2%) of patients were male and 28 (37.8%) were female. Mean age of the study population was 34.85 +/- 19.17 (min 7-max 80) years. Most of the snakebites occurred between 18.00 to 06.00 hours and at home (73%). 79.7% of snake bites occurred to upper extremities. %93 of cases had intravenous administration of antivenin (one dose). Neither none of the patients needed recurrent administration. Discussion: Snake bites are still a major public health problem especially in rural areas. Particularly emergency care physicians should be adequately capable and sophisticated in multidisciplinary management of snake bites.