Examining the effectiveness of Brown snake antivenom

Grant ID: EMSS-361R28-2017

Lay Summary

The amount of Brown snake antivenom required to properly neutralise the venom delivered in a brown snake bite remains controversial. Using appropriate amounts reduces the risks and side effects of antivenom, while optimising its positive effects. One of the major clinical symptoms of Brown snake bite is massive bleeding. We aim to use a novel method for analysis of blood clotting (the ROTEM analyser) to study the effects of Brown snake venom on blood clotting and how different doses of antivenom affect this. This information may enable us to develop a simple point of care test to determine the optimal dose of antivenom to be given, reducing the amount of antivenom needed, the length of hospital stay, and therefore overall cost of snake bite management.


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Amount Awarded
$46,000


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Active


Principal Investigator:
Dr Adam Holyoak


Co Investigators:
Dr Mark Little
A/Prof Jamie Seymour


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  • ABC Radio Townsville_2 February 2018
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