The best data available indicates that about 9,000 people are treated annually for pit viper snakebites in the U.S., and that pit viper snakebites account for six to seven deaths a year. Because snakebites may go unreported to poison control centers, this number is probably an underestimate. Though mortality is very low, 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.
The goal of this continuing education module is to update clinical knowledge of nurses, fitness professionals and health educators 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
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, EMTs/paramedics, fitness professionals and health educators.
Health Educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.