Snake venom coagulopathy: Use and abuse of blood products in the treatment of pit viper envenomation

Jeffery L. Burgess, Richard C. Dart

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Coagulopathies are commonly encountered in victims of pit viper envenomation. In the majority of patients these defects improve with administration of antivenin. However, blood products are often transfused based on arbitrary criteria and with significant risk to the patient. This article documents the effectiveness and risks of antivenin administration and the risks of blood product transfusion. We recommend that blood products not be used except for clearly defined clinical indications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)795-801
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of emergency medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1991



  • antivenin
  • coagulopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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