Not another day in the ER

Snake, Rattlesnake, Reptile, Skin, Venom

On occasion, animal and man come in contact suddenly and survival instincts kick in. What would you do if perchance this situation would occur to you?

A Creature at the Emergency Room

I was given the job of becoming the nurse in charge at the moment.

Emergency Department

The amount of patients that were coming in at the ER Department that afternoon was about more or less one hundred, split in the Out Patient Department section, the day ward department, trolley areas, dressing and suturing room and the resuscitation rooms. There were ER physicians, staff nurses, nursing nurses and other healthcare workers present at that moment. Particular staff assignments were given to every areas in addition to instructions of duties and obligations.

A Strange Visitor

Here comes the individual with a snake in his hands. In the beginning, this caused some amount of chaos in the ER upon visiting the individual in excellent stress and being restless. The situation later was commanded following the initial interview. The majority of the ER staff when they saw the individual, avoided coming near him, the urge to avoid being bitten obviously taking over. Two male employees nurses approached the patient by a considerably safe space. Under directions, he had been led to the empty resuscitation room. After a quick visual, the monster twisted round the arm of the guy was discovered to be a rattle snake, among the most recognized-and undoubtedly among the most venomous-snake species on the planet.

The individual was sweeping in the yard of his house earlier that morning. The individual immediately became restless as a result of combination of fear and numbness. Asked if he had been bitten, the patient responded that he did not understand because his arm felt numb, but his reflexes were quick-and definitely lifesaving-by holding the rattlesnake’s head with his other hand. Of interest is how the man’s house is near a patch of woods. He had been alone at home at the time of this incident-the closest nearby home was a hundred meters apart.

Method of Approach

After taking the whole history of the patient, the ER doctor’s initial order was to observe the individual. Naturally, the very important signs couldn’t be taken because of the fragile and potentially dangerous situation. The patient was especially pale and weak-looking. Another was indicated by an old bystander who happened to hear of the discussion-he proposed administration of honey. However, no honey has been found inside the whole hospital premises. A third manner suggested was to provide 50% dextrose. The majority of the staff agreed to the previous technique. For the first effort, the team gave the 10-mL of this 50 percent dextrose solution to the snake by means of a 10-mL syringe; the solution was administered to the reptile’s mouth by drops. After a while, the reptile gradually weakened its grip on the man’s arm and it finally fell off and onto the ground.

The staff promptly attended to the individual and put on bed for tracking. The attendant was then given instructions to take the snake instantly and put it on a closed jar with holes for evaluation.


The individual was still weak at this moment. After a complete physical examination, he had been given anti tetanus shot and anti venom shot per order of the ER doctor. He was discharged couple of days afterwards in enhanced and in good shape.

What Happened to the Unusual Visitor?

After sending the snake at the lab for evaluation, it was confirmed to be of the poisonous selection. However, killing the reptile wasn’t a fantastic option. The reptile was observed for a few hours before it recovered, and it was finally returned in its natural habitat. Killing poisonous creatures shouldn’t be on reflex, or routine-for all of these, in one way or another, have advantages. In the event of the snake venom, additional studies have proven it can be a cure for particular ailments.

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