Snakebites in Africa and Europe: a military perspective and update for contemporary operations.

Wilkins, Daniel and Burns, D S and Wilson, D and Warrell, D A and Lamb, L E M (2018) Snakebites in Africa and Europe: a military perspective and update for contemporary operations. Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps, 164 (5). pp. 370-379. ISSN 0035-8665. This article is available to all HEFT staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their HEFT Athens login IDs

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Abstract

Snakebite envenoming is rare among military patients, with few cases reported in recent years. Increasingly, however, military operations are taking place in remote parts of Africa, which are inhabited by numerous species of venomous snake, and in Europe, where dangerous species exist but are less common. Bites from a venomous snake may prove fatal, and therefore military medics must be adequately prepared to manage them. This paper reviews the most medically significant species of venomous snake present in Africa and Europe, before suggesting an evidence-based approach to snakebite prevention and management, including possible changes to the UK's Clinical Guidelines for Operations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available to all HEFT staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their HEFT Athens login IDs
Subjects: WC Communicabable diseases > WC680 Tropical medicine
WF Respiratory system. Respiratory medicine
Divisions: Clinical Support > Infectious Diseases
Planned IP Care > Respiratory Medicine
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Depositing User: Mrs Caroline Tranter
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2018 15:39
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2018 15:39
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/1796

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