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Snake Bites

August 28, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Susan Spano, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Health Science Series, Emergency Medicine, UCSF

presented by Susanne Spano, MD

North America is home to 25 species of poisonous snakes. Approximately 8,000 bites are reported in the United States annually, with approximately 2,000 delivered by venomous snakes. A bite from a venomous snake can be deadly, and should always be treated as a medical emergency. Venomous snake bites can produce localized pain and swelling, convulsions, nausea, and even paralysis. In the pediatric population, most snakebites occur in school-aged children and adolescents close to home during the summer months. As the season for snakes is just beginning, it is important for physicians to know the guidelines for treatment of snakebites.

Desired Outcomes:

  • Recognize the epidemiology of venomous snakebites in the southwest
  • Implement acute care for victims of rattlesnake bites
  • Choose the right antivenom (there are 2 FDA approved) and give the right amount
  • Administer inpatient and aftercare for patients suffering rattlesnake bites
  • Address common cultural misconceptions and/or beliefs surrounding snake bites and recognize when alternative treatments have been employed.


August 28, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Andrew McCague, DO, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care, CME Committee Chair


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Salinas, CA 93906 United States
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