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About John Riester, MD

EM Resident
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of North Carolina
23 06, 2017

Envenomations: Initial Management of Common U.S. Snakebites


Nothing says “emergency” like a bite from a venomous reptile. If you work in an area populated by snakes, which covers most of the United States and the world, then chances are good that you will see a patient with a snake bite in the Emergency Department (ED). The severity of the symptoms and the treatment vary greatly with different snakes. In this post, we will outline the ED approach to and management of common U.S. snake envenomation.