Fast Five Quiz: Are You Prepared to Confront Snakebites?

Richard H. Sinert, DO


January 10, 2017

In some studies, no benefit was demonstrated when a negative pressure venom extraction device was evaluated; additional injury can result. Incision across fang marks is not recommended. Mouth suction is contraindicated.

Lymphatic constriction bands and pressure immobilization techniques may inhibit the spread of venom, but whether they improve outcome is not clear. Limiting venom spread actually may be deleterious for pit viper envenomation if it increases local necrosis or compartment pressure. Tourniquets are not recommended.

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