Vic­tims feel bite of an­tivenin de­lay

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

SYD­NEY — Snakebite vic­tims have to wait too long for an­tivenin, ac­cord­ing to a new Aus­tralian re­port re­leased on Mon­day, which said ac­cess to the po­ten­tially life­sav­ing treat­ment has not im­proved in over 10 years.

The re­port from the Aus­tralian Snakebite Project said that although snakebites are a fairly un­com­mon oc­cur­rence, when a ven­omous snake does ac­tu­ally at­tack a hu­man, the treat­ment does not ar­rive fast enough.

The tox­i­col­o­gists be­hind the re­search looked at data from 2005 to 2015, and found the time from snakebite to first dose of an­tivenin had barely changed in the 10-year pe­riod.

Pro­fes­sor Ge­of­frey Is­bis­ter from the Univer­sity of New­cas­tle led the study, and said there is room for im­prove­ment when it comes to clos­ing the gap be­tween bite and first dose of an­tivenin.

“We know that giv­ing an­tivenin early is bet­ter and we sim­ply aren’t do­ing enough of that now,” Is­bis­ter said on Mon­day.

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