What are the systemic treatment options for scorpion envenomation?

Updated: Nov 09, 2018
  • Author: David Cheng, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Systemic treatment is instituted by directing supportive care toward the organ specifically affected by the venom.

Establish airway, breathing, and circulation (ie, ABCs) to provide adequate airway, ventilation, and perfusion.

Monitor vital signs (eg, pulse oximetry; heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate monitor).

Use invasive monitoring for patients who are unstable and hemodynamic.

Administer oxygen.

Administer intravenous fluids to help prevent hypovolemia from vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, hypersalivation, and insensible water loss from a tropical environment.

Perform intubation and institute mechanical ventilation with end-tidal carbon dioxide monitoring for patients in respiratory distress.


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