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Snake bite or suspected snake bite is a rare but dangerous condition. This statewide guidance provides information on managing snake bite envenomation or suspected snake bite.

Scope

The clinical guidance and pathways only apply to suspected community-acquired snake bites in patients who are not snake handlers. Specific advice regarding bites in snake handlers and from exotic snakes should be obtained from a clinical toxicologist (Victorian Poisons Information Centre: Tel: 13 11 26).

The clinical pathways in the guidance are relevant for both adult and paediatric patients. For snake bite guidance specific to paediatrics see the Royal Children’s Hospital Snake bite clinical practice guidance.

Research regarding the optimal management of snake bite in Victoria is ongoing. This guidance is based on best available evidence and expert opinion. We will review new evidence and update this guidance as appropriate.

Guidance

Snake Bite Guidance (Victoria)

This guidance should be read in conjunction with:

Patient fact sheet

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Centre of Clinical Excellence - Acute
Safer Care Victoria

Page last updated: 07 Apr 2021

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