Pit Viper (Rattlesnake, Copperhead, Cottonmouth) and Coral Snake Bites
The purpose of this course is to describe common snakes involved in snakebites in the United States and the trauma, symptoms, emergency care, and treatments (including antivenin) for snakebites as well as methods to prevent snakebites and salmonella infection.

Course Publication Date: May 30, 2019

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active one year unlimited membership!

Author:Wanda Lockwood RN, BA, MA
Course No:PVC051319
Contact Hours:3.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Community & Home Health
Critical Care Medicine
Emergency & Trauma Medicine
Medical & Surgical Issues
Pediatric Medicine
Learning Objectives
  • List and describe the 3 types of pit vipers found in the United States.
  • Describe the differences between the pit vipers and the coral snakes in terms of biting and envenomation.
  • Discuss identifying coloration of coral snakes.
  • Discuss characteristics of nonvenomous snakebites.
  • Describe the symptoms of pit viper bites for mild, moderate, or severe envenomation.
  • Describe the symptoms of coral snake envenomation.
  • Discuss first responder and emergency treatment for snakebites.
  • List the 4 basic types of toxins that can be found in snake venom.
  • List and describe the antivenin that is available for snakebites.
  • Discuss indications and treatment for serum sickness.
  • Describe methods to prevent snakebites.


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