Envenomation

North American Pit Viper Envenomations

In the United States, 98% of venomous snakebites―also known as envenomation―are from the North American pit viper* and have been reported in all states, with the exception of Hawaii:

  • According to the Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, approximately 8,000 venomous snakebites occur each year in the United States
  • Between 2000 and 2007, there was a 27% increase in snakebites reported to US poison control centers
    - The reported increase may partially reflect an increased use of US poison control centers

Since the consequences of pit viper envenomation may be severe, it’s important to understand the impact of venom on the patient and follow an established treatment protocol.

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