Today’s episode will discuss North American poisonous reptile bites with a focus on snake bites. This episode was written and recorded by Dr. David Hansen, an active duty physician with the US Army. It will review common presentations of snake bites, the relevant history and exam findings, the labs to order, how to decide when to use anti-venom and properly administer it. There is also a bonus section on how to avoid snake bites in the wilderness and what to do if you are bitten by a poisonous snake.
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