Rattlesnake Bite - CMEZ167

Rattlesnake Bite

Treatment or Mistreatment?

by Dana Bartlett, MSN, MA, RN, CSPI
CMEZ167
(4.7 / 59 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

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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.
 
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OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # FBN 50-1489).
 
Physician Continuing Education Credit
 
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
 
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
 
Disclosures
 
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 5/15/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/15/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/15/2020

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.

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Christopher C - CHESAPEAKE, VA  ·  Feb 09, 2019
New info on a rare injury.
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Justin C - Normal, IL  ·  Dec 21, 2018
very good would not change a thing and would recommend to others.
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Jennifer B - Normal , IL  ·  Nov 29, 2018
Great information for the ER setting
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William W - Oldsmar, FL  ·  Nov 28, 2018
good basic information
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Calvin G - Philadelphia, PA  ·  Sep 17, 2018
a good review with plenty of helpful pointers
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