Snakebites & Antivenom

20,000 people per year are killed by snakebites each year in developing countries. Wow.

Read this article to learn about the difficulties of making and distributing antivenom.
http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/11/snakebites-kill.html

We are fortunate in North America to have very few poisonous snakes and just a handful of deaths each year.

As I routinely remind students if you are close enough to a pit viper to see if it has vertical pupils or if a coral snake’s color bands are red on yellow you are probably too close. Or you should let go of the snake immediately.

Submitted by:
Greg Friese, MS, NREMT-P, WEMT
President, Emergency Preparedness Systems LLC

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