Dear readers, it is time for the return of the debunker, here to dispel the common myths and misconceptions surrounding snakebite medicine and educate the masses. The topic of our discussion today is antivenom and the goal is to correct many of the rumors that impact patient care. Feel free to ask questions and IRead More
Author: Jordan Benjamin
Jordan Benjamin is a herpetologist, snakebite medicine researcher, and wilderness emergency medicine professional with over 10 years of experience wrangling venomous snakes and treating snakebite patients in remote health centers and villages throughout sub-Saharan Africa. His primary academic interests are centered around the clinical aspects of assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prolonged care of snakebite patients under challenging conditions from the backcountry to poorly-equipped health centers throughout the developing world. He is currently a Wilderness Paramedic but will be applying to medical schools in the near future and plans to spend his career developing innovative strategies for addressing the burden of snakebite worldwide. Jordan recently joined the staff of the National Snakebite Support group, where people have free access to snakebite experts in the event of an envenomation.
Are Baby Rattlesnakes Really More Dangerous than Adults?
Contrary to popular belief, the bite of a baby rattlesnake is almost always far less serious than the bite of a larger adult rattlesnake. The notion that baby rattlesnakes cannot control the quantity of venom injected (referred to in the field of Herpetology as “venom metering”) is a myth that has been disproven multiple timesRead More