Mozambique Spitter Bite – Caution GRAPHIC

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Re: Mozambique Spitter Bite – Caution GRAPHIC

Postby Jen » Sun May 08, 2011 10:24 am

An update on this little one - she came back to theatre on Friday for another washout of the wound. The sepsis seems to be under control and the deeper tissues are still healthy. She'll have to come back for another few washouts before the skin can be closed.
I didn't do her anaesthetic this time so I don't know yet what bug was grown, but I do know she's on Tazocin & Amikacin, which is usually used to cover quite nasty hospital acquired bugs.
Thanks for all the compliments - I became involved with this little girl only on Day 5. The surgical team usually manages snake bites & I spend my time begging them to give antivenom & not to rush into fasciotomies. I am really pleased as I have discovered a specialist surgeon who actually treats snake bite appropriately. It really helps to have another professional on your side when you're trying to change strongly ingrained (incorrect) practises.
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Re: Mozambique Spitter Bite – Caution GRAPHIC

Postby Bushviper » Sun May 08, 2011 7:10 pm

That is really great to hear. Glad you have an ally in the fight against the dreaded fasciotomy.

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Re: Mozambique Spitter Bite – Caution GRAPHIC

Postby yoson10 » Mon May 09, 2011 3:56 am

Thats one of the worst I have ever seen...and I have seen some BAD bites from Cobras...They really are pretty scary snakes and underrated just because they are slow strikers and predictable. But Cobra bites can be downright nasty.
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Re: Mozambique Spitter Bite – Caution GRAPHIC

Postby yoson10 » Mon May 09, 2011 4:15 am

So nearly all the bites by this snake happen at night when the victim is inside sleeping? The Krait in Asia does the same exact thing. It goes in searching for warmth and prey in the farm houses and bites people that are sleeping on the floor. Really sad and people in Asia and Africa need to be educated on sleeping off the ground if they can. I know the Krait has very poor climbing abilities, not sure on a cobra.
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Re: Mozambique Spitter Bite – Caution GRAPHIC

Postby Rishaad » Tue May 10, 2011 8:19 am

This is so sad and unfortunate. I hope she makes a full recovery. Thank God she is in good hands though and not being butchered by people who don't have a clue. Keep up the good work Jen.
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Re: Mozambique Spitter Bite – Caution GRAPHIC

Postby Rob Macmillan » Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:29 pm

Hey Jen, just curious as to how the young patient is doing?
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Re: Mozambique Spitter Bite – Caution GRAPHIC

Postby Jen » Mon Jul 18, 2011 10:04 pm

Hello all. My apologies for the very delayed response! This little one was transferred out of my hospital and sent to the plastic surgery department at another hospital. She has had skin grafts, which are apparently healing well but she is still due for a contracture release. She has been having regular physiotherapy so as to minimise the amount of disability. Unfortunately, I don't have pics at this stage but I will post when next I see her in person.
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