Guidelines for the Management of Snakebites 2nd Edition


By Word Health Organization, Published Year 2016, File Type: PDF

Guidelines for the management of snakebites 2nd edition

Snakebites are well-known medical emergencies in many parts of the world, especially in rural areas. Agricultural workers and children are the most affected. The incidence of snakebite mortality is particularly high in South-East Asia. Rational use of snake anti-venom can substantially reduce mortality and morbidity due to snakebites. These guidelines are a revised and updated version of Regional Guidelines for the Management of snakebites published by the WHO Regional Office in South-East Asia in 2011. These guidelines aim to promote the rational management of snakebite cases in various health facilities where trained health functionaries and quality snake antivenom are available. Animal Husbandry and Nutrition

Geographical coverage

The geographical area specifically covered by this publication includes the South-East Asia Region of WHO including eleven Member States (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste ). Countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Republic of Korea, Philippines, Pakistan and Afghanistan may share many of the same medically important species of snakes that occur in the South-East Asia Region. It is interesting to note that snakes inhabiting the Indonesian islands East of Wallace’s line (West Papua and Maluku Islands) are part of the Australasian elapid fauna, differing from those West of this line.

Target readership

This publication aims to pass on a digest of available knowledge about all clinical aspects of snakebites to medically trained personnel. The guidelines are intended for medical doctors, nurses, paramedics, dispensers and community health workers who have the responsibility of treating victims of snakebites, and also for medical and nursing students and postgraduates as an educational resource. They aim to provide sufficient practical information to allow medically trained personnel to assess and treat patients with snakebites at all the different levels of the health service.

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