Victims feel bite of antivenin delay
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.