Wilderness Medicine: Snake Bite Treatment

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Snake expert Dr. Tim Erickson explains practical tips on how to treat snake bites.
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Please note: at 2:15 Dr. Erickson misspoke and generally recommends placing the arm at the level of the heart (to manage local swelling but not encourage systemic absorption).
That said, in settings where neurotoxicity from envenomation is likely (and local tissue swelling is of secondary concern), keeping the bite below the level of the heart may slow lymphatic venom absorption.

This video includes a discussion on antivenom, extractors, rattlesnakes, coral snakes, tourniquets, and more.

Timothy Erickson, MD is the Chief of the Division of Medical Toxicology – Department of Emergency Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hosptial | Harvard Medical School

This is video 2 of 2 on snake bites, and covers snake bite treatment. Video 1 covers snakebite prevention.

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Co-Author “Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine”
Served as a physician for Denali National Park, Himalayan Rescue Association, and the 1998 NOVA Everest expedition. Served as a medical operations consultant for NASA for over 5 years. Whitewater rafting guide, commercial pilot, and certified flight instructor.

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