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.
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.
Greg Friese, MS, NREMT-P, WEMT
President, Emergency Preparedness Systems LLC