Rattlesnake Bite - CHES167

Rattlesnake Bite

Treatment or Mistreatment?

by Dana Bartlett, MSN, MA, RN, CSPI
CHES167
(4.4 / 23 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (1.00 CECH)

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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, fitness professionals and health educators.
 
Health Educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
 
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.continuingeducation.com or Nurse.com/CE. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at lms.nurse.com and search for this topic title.
 
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.

Course Originally Released on: 2/9/1998
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/15/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/15/2017

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning 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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sarah R - Kewanee, IL  ·  May 05, 2018
good material. Interesting to learn about snake bites and how to treat them.
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Benjamin M - St. Petersburg, FL  ·  Jan 14, 2018
Great course for identifying rattlesnake bite treatments!
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Diane B - VIRGINIA BEACH, VA  ·  Jun 28, 2017
Very informative. I learned a lot.
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Ginger B - The Woodlands, TX  ·  May 01, 2017
Good information on the treatment of venomous snake bites. Helpful in my practice.
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Estrellita O - lutz, FL  ·  Apr 14, 2016
I learned a lot about snake bite and the emergency procedure in snakebite situation
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