Unified Treatment Algorithm
Get Familiar With the Unified Treatment Algorithm
The Unified Treatment Algorithm is a comprehensive procedure based on expert recommendations for proper treatment in the event of a pit viper snakebite.
Eric Lavonas, MD, FACEP, FACMT
Emergency Medicine & Medical Toxicology
Hear From the Lead Author of the Treatment Algorithm
“When treating a snakebite, there is a small
window to provide care, and the importance of every
decision is magnified.”
Review resources on the treatment algorithm
for the management of crotaline snakebites.
This information is adapted from general advice from a panel of US snakebite experts convened in May 2010. No algorithm can anticipate all clinical situations. Other valid approaches exist, and deviations from this information based on individual patient needs, local resources, local treatment guidelines, and patient preferences are expected. This algorithm is not intended to represent a standard of care. For more information, please see the accompanying manuscript, available at www.biomedcentral.com.
Watch Dr. Eric Lavonas break down
the reasoning behind the Unified Treatment Algorithm.
Did you know?
It has been estimated that 7000-8000 people are bitten by venomous
snakes per year. The number of morbidities can be decreased with preparation for aggressive and immediate medical intervention.1
1. Frequently Asked Questions. Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation website. Accessed October 1, 2021. Ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/venomous_snake_faqs.shtml
2. CroFab® [prescribing Information]. BTG International Inc.; August 2018.