Hi – another article from the inimitable Geoff Isbister. Slowly we are seeing the use of Venom Detection Kits (VDK) devolve in importance. Treat the patient – don’t worry too much about the kit.
Antivenom should be administered as soon as there is evidence of envenoming. The VDK may assist in regions where the range of possible snakes is too broad to allow the use of monovalent antivenoms.
Also one vial of suitable anti venom is enough – recovery from the clinical and laboratory effects are likely to be delayed. Specific and supportive treatment for these should be aggressively pursued and implemented.
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