Rattlesnake Bite - 18-GANN-F3-0113

Rattlesnake Bite

Treatment or Mistreatment?

by Dana Bartlett, MSN, MA, RN, CSPI
18-GANN-F3-0113
(4.7 / 155 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Emergency Medical Services (1.00 CEH)

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Summary:

Rattlesnake bites are uncommon in the United States. The incidence of rattlesnake bites is not known, and the published numbers are estimates and almost certainly low; many rattlesnake bites are not reported, poison control centers are not consulted for every case, and there are probably many people who are bitten who do not seek medical attention. Death from a rattlesnake bite is rare, but victims can suffer significant toxic effects, loss of function, disfigurement, or even amputation. Most of these consequences can be linked to inappropriate treatment, delay in seeking appropriate help, or inaccessible medical care. Misconceptions about the proper treatment of these emergencies abound. Healthcare professionals as a team need to monitor snakebite victims closely, even when they appear to be out of danger, and use the expertise available from local poison control centers.

Objectives:

The goal of this continuing education module is to update clinical knowledge of healthcare providers about the recognition, care, and treatment of patients who have snakebites. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of snakebites
  • Name four treatments that should not be used for rattlesnake bites
  • List three indications for antivenom administration and infusion precautions
 

 
Accreditation Information
 
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, EMTs/paramedics, health educators, and physicians.
 
EMTs/paramedics: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
 
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This CE activity is accredited for 1.0 Advanced CEH by OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, an organization accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).
 
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Course Originally Released on: 2/9/1998
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/15/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/30/2021

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

 

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Christopher R - Tucson, AZ  ·  May 26, 2020
Informative material
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Alyson D - `Tampa, FL  ·  May 08, 2020
information was well presented
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Michael B - Peoria, IL  ·  Apr 29, 2020
I don't live near any venomous snakes, but they sure are interesting to learn about.
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Tricia K - Fort Myers, FL  ·  Apr 27, 2020
well written material
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Hector R - TAMPA, FL  ·  Apr 27, 2020
it is good to know this information because in the state of Florida their are many snakes.
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