Saved from the coils of doom!

Spotted Rattlesnake, Snake

Man and beast are God’s creation. Rendering admiration in their way of life is also rendering reverence to God. On occasion, man and beast come in contact suddenly and survival instincts kick in. What would you do if perchance this situation would happen to you?

A Creature in the Emergency Room

I was given the task of being the nurse in charge at the time.

Emergency Department

The amount of patients that were coming in at the ER Department that morning was about more or less one hundred, divided in the Out Patient Department section, the day ward department, trolley areas, dressing and suturing room and the resuscitation rooms. There were ER physicians, staff nurses, nursing attendants and other health care workers present at that time. Specific staff assignments were given to each areas in addition to instructions of duties and responsibilities.

A Strange Visitor

Here comes the patient with a snake in his hands. At first, this caused some degree of chaos in the ER upon seeing the individual in excellent stress and being restless. The situation later was controlled following the initial interview. Most of the ER staff when they saw the patient, avoided coming near him, the urge to avoid being bitten obviously taking over. Two male employees nurses approached the patient from a considerably safe space. Under directions, he had been led to the empty resuscitation room. After a quick visual, the monster twisted around the arm of the guy was found to be a rattle snake, one of the most recognized-and undoubtedly one of the most venomous-snake species on the planet.

The patient was sweeping in the yard of his home earlier that morning. The patient immediately became restless due to the combination of fear and numbness. Asked if he had been bitten, the patient replied that he did not know because his arm felt numb, but his reflexes were quick-and definitely lifesaving-by holding the rattlesnake’s head with his other free hand. Of interest is the fact that the man’s home is near a patch of forest. He had been alone at home at the time of the incident-the nearest neighboring house was a hundred meters away.

Method of Approach

After taking the complete history of the patient, the ER doctor’s first order was to observe the individual. Naturally, the vital signs couldn’t be taken due to the fragile and potentially dangerous situation. The patient was especially pale and weak-looking. Another was indicated by an old bystander who happened to hear of the discussion-he suggested administration of honey. However, no honey has been found within the whole hospital premises. A third manner suggested was to provide 50% dextrose. Most of the staff agreed to the previous technique. For the first attempt, the staff gave the 10-mL of this 50 percent dextrose solution to the snake via a 10-mL syringe; the solution was administered to the reptile’s mouth by drops. After a while, the reptile gradually weakened its grip on the man’s arm and it eventually fell off and onto the floor.

The staff immediately attended to the patient and placed on bed for monitoring. The attendant was then given instructions to take the snake instantly and put it on a closed jar with holes for examination.

Treatment

The individual was still weak at this time. Vital signs were monitored. After a complete physical examination, he had been given anti tetanus injection and anti venom injection per order of the ER physician. He was discharged few days later in enhanced and in good shape.

What Happened to the Strange Visitor?

After sending the snake in the laboratory for examination, it was confirmed to be of the poisonous variety. However, killing the reptile wasn’t a good option. The reptile was observed for a few hours until it recovered, and it was finally returned back in its natural habitat. Killing poisonous creatures shouldn’t be on reflex, or routine-for all of them, in one way or another, have benefits. In the event of the snake venom, additional studies have proven it can be a cure for particular ailments.

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