Snakebite emergencies are usually unexpected sudden events in which critical decisionmaking at the right time points can have an enormous impact on whether or not the patient survives or dies. Snakebite can represent a serious challenge to the skills and resources of even the best staffed and resourced emergency departments in major developed countries. In an environment such as rural PNG these challenges are hugely magnified by the very basic conditions of most rural health centres and clinics. The success of treatment depends very largely on being able to meet each snakebite emergency with a consistent, practical approach that addresses the important clinical issues as early as possible in a proactive manner.
|Title of host publication||Clinical management of snakebite in Papua New Guinea|
|Editors||D Williams, B Nimorakiotakis, S Jensen, K D Winkel|
|Place of Publication||Port Moresby|
|Pages||1 - 12|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|