Clinical Management of Snakebite in Papua New Guinea

Introduction

This text arose from the need to develop a national training course in the clinical management of snakebite for Papua New Guinea's many rural health workers and doctors. The inaugural PNG Snakebite Management Course was run at the University of Papua New Guinea School of Medicine & Health Sciences in September 2004 by a volunteer faculty comprising experts in snakebite and emergency medicine from Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

This handbook was produced to provide participants with a comprehensive reference that could be available beyond the duration of the training course.

Table of Contents

 
Cover pages
Table of contents
Acknowledgements
Chapter 1: Snakebite in Papua New Guinea: facts & fiction
   David Williams
Chapter 2: The snakes of Papua New Guinea
    David Williams
Chapter 3: The composition and actions of Papua New Guinean snake venoms
    David Williams & Ronelle Welton
Chapter 4: Symptoms and signs of snakebite in Papua New Guinea
    Dr Simon Jensen
Chapter 5: First aid for snakebite in PNG
    Benjamin Bal & David Williams
Chapter 6: Patient assessment and diagnosis
    Dr Bill Nimorakiotakis, Dr Evelyn Lavu & Dr Simon Jensen
Chapter 7: Treatment overview
    Dr Simon Jensen
Chapter 8: Clinical assessment and treatment of neurotoxicity
    Dr Gertrude Didei
Chapter 9: Clinical assessment and treatment of coagulopathy
    Dr Antony Chenhall & David Williams
Chapter 10: Treatment of other effects of envenomation
    Dr Kenny Limbo Aaron, David Williams & Dr Simon Jensen
Chapter 11: The role and use of antivenom in Papua New Guinea
    Dr Kenneth D Winkel, Dr Forbes McGain, Dr Bill Nimorakiotakis & David Williams
Chapter 12: Anticholinesterase therapy
    Dr Kenneth D Winkel, Dr Forbes McGain, Dr Bill Nimorakiotakis & David Williams
Chapter 13: Managing the respiratory effects of snake envenomation
    Dr Antony Chenhall
Chapter 14: Management plans for snakebite patients
    Dr Simon Jensen & David Williams
Appendix: CSL venom detection kits
    Tim Carroll
Glossary of medical terms

 

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Editors:

David J Williams
School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
James Cook University
Douglas, Qld, 4811.
AUSTRALIA

Email: david.williams1@jcu.edu.au
Dr Simon D Jensen
School of Medicine & Health Sciences
University of Papua New Guinea
Taurama Campus
Boroko, NCD, PAPUA NEW GUINEA.

Email: simondjensen@hotmail.com
Dr Kenneth D Winkel
Australian Venom Research Unit
University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Vic, 3010. 
Australia

Email: kdw@unimelb.edu.au

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