West J Emerg Med 2012 Feb;13(1):68-74
University of Mississippi Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine, Jackson, Mississippi.
Introduction: The majority of patients seeking medical treatment for snakebites do not suffer from severe envenomation. However, no guidelines exist for ordering coagulation markers in patients with minimal or moderate envenomation, nor in those who do not receive antivenom. In this study, we sought to determine whether it was possible to limit the practice of ordering coagulation studies to those patients suffering severe envenomation, rattlesnake envenomation, or both. Read More