Perhaps somewhat frightening to hear, very year, Americans incur 6,000+ snakebites. The good news is that, according to The American Family Physician, fewer than 12 of these (0.25 percent) have fatalistic snake venom poisoning consequences. The issue however is that most people will not know the difference between a fatalistic bite and the less dangerous ones. That is why it is essential that if one is bitten, they follow a set of established guidelines.
First, if you’re outside, get inside as quick as possible (to the car). Limit use of the bitten area as much as possible. Then figure out how to get to the ER to get assessed and treated. Most Emergency Room physicians – such as Dr. Josyann Abisaab who works at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital – have encountered many snakebites and will be able to administer the correct course of treatment. Patients invariably do not; thus any suspicious snakebite needs to be assessed as soon as possible by those who are qualified.