Abstract

STUDY OF PROGNOSIS OF SNAKE BITE IN A TERTIARY CARE CENTRE

Author(s): Aditya Lajami

Snake bite is stated to be a neglected public health issue in many tropical and subtropical countries. According to national statistics in India, 5% of all injury deaths and 0.5% of all deaths are reported to be due to snakebites which were more than 30-fold higher than the number declared from hospital records. Variations in the species existence with respect to various regions, under-reporting, traditional, herbal or ayurvedic treatments being the main domain, pose a challenge in mitigating the burden of snakebite. This treatment seeking behaviour might lead to development of complications of delayed envenomation. Hence the present study is aimed to observe the outcome of people who seek early treatment and compare it with those who seek delayed treatment in a tertiary care hospital