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Myths About Treatment

Myths About Treatments for North American Pit Viper Envenomation

Treatments Not Proven to be Beneficial in the Management of Pit Viper Envenomation1:

The Unified Treatment Algorithm is a comprehensive procedure based on expert recommendations for proper treatment in event of a pit viper snakebite. 

  • Cutting and/or suctioning of the wound
  • Ice
  • NSAIDs
  • Prophylactic antibiotics
  • Prophylactic fasciotomy
  • Routine use of blood products
  • Steroids (except for allergic phenomena)
  • Tourniquets

To learn how experts recommend treating, view the Unified Treatment Algorithm


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Recommendations for
the management of 
North American pit viper 
envenomation

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Appropriate dosing achieves initial and sustained control
of envenomation2

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Real-world use supports improved outcomes
with CroFab2

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REFERENCES

1. Lavonas EJ, Ruha AM, Banner W, et al. Unified treatment algorithm for the management of crotaline snakebite in the United States: results of an evidence-informed consensus workshop. BMC Emerg Med. 2011;11:2. 2. CroFab® [prescribing Information]. BTG International Inc.; August 2018.