Handling Of Snakebite?
Hello, I want to ask about snake bites. The chronology of my sister was bitten by a snake at 9 pm, then immediately taken to the clinic and referred to the regional hospital until arriving at UGD at 12 pm. After screening and asking about the chronology of the incident, the doctor said he would consult a surgeon but the doctor was not available. Indeed the type of snake is unknown but the hospital only gave an IV then cleaned the wound and tightened the injured area. Then after 30 minutes, the doctor said he could go home because he didn’t need to be hospitalized. I have been actively trying to ask about whether there is no need to wait for observations to see the patient’s reaction and whether there is no need for blood to be taken for laboratory check. But the doctor kept telling him to go home and order to redeem the medicine. The position was at midnight, I was not accompanied. Then the doctor immediately told the nurse to take the IV and sent home. Finally we came home at 3am, but after we returned my brother’s feet actually swelled up and spread to his thighs and vomited. Then at 9 am we immediately returned to the same hospital. Fyi, my sister got 6 snake bites and we used BPJ class 1 labor. I asked, was the handling procedure done by the hospital to my brother correct? And how many times can snakes bite humans in one time? Is it possible for snakes to bite more than once because the bite point that my sister received was 6. Please answer, thank you
Hello Fitria, Thank you for the question.
Sorry I cannot give further opinion whether the treatment provided by the hospital is correct or not because there is no information from both parties. To handle any case, the hospital usually has its own handling guidelines. In the case of your sister, the doctor in charge has at least done the initial examination and treatment, not necessarily sending your sister away without any treatment. To deal with snake bite cases, it is necessary to distinguish whether these snake bites are venomous or not because it will later determine whether the patient requires caterpillar antibacterial serum or not. Giving anti-snake venom serum cannot be given haphazardly because this serum also has certain side effects.
The conditions experienced by your sister can be caused by snake venom that is starting to spread or an infection caused by snake bites. A snake might attack (and bite) many times if it feels threatened. To estimate the number of snakebites it is usually seen from the visible bite marks. The most important thing now is that you have brought your sister back to the hospital again and are undergoing further treatment. Please discuss with your doctor more about the treatment for your sister.
There are a number of suggestions for you to consider if someone later experiences snake bites:
the patient must remain calm and not move much, do not move the body part bitten by a snake, attach the splint on that body part and tie with a cloth; the aim is that the poison does not spread quickly if it is bitten by a poisonous snake. Do not suck snakes from the victim's body. Do not smear or pour anything into the snake bite marks as much as possible. closest If you are not satisfied with the hospital's services, you can submit your complaints to the hospital management department so that you also get clearer information.
I hope this helps.