Sarah Eggert, Jesper Kjærgaard & Anja Poulsen
Ugeskr Læger 2020;182:V03200195
Snakebite envenoming is a neglected tropical disease killing more than 100,000 people every year. Reducing the mortality and morbidity of snakebite envenoming depends on the accessibility of healthcare and antivenom, but also on sufficient knowledge on correct first aid treatment. In this review, we summarise the indications for antivenom treatment and which first-aid measures have proven effective, and which methods should be avoided, since many traditional methods of first-aid treatment of snakebites have been proven to be ineffective or even harmful.