Risks and realities of single vial antivenom recommendations for envenoming by Australian elapid snakes

Geoffrey K Isbister and Nicholas A Buckley
Med J Aust 2020; 213 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50652
Published online: 6 July 2020

To the Editor: We read the perspective by Weinstein and colleagues1 with interest and agree that treatment of snake envenoming in Australia is complex, and that clinicians should seek expert advice in cases of severe or unusual envenoming. There is 24‐hour specialist clinical toxicologist support available through the national Poisons Information Centre network (13 11 26), which takes 300 calls annually regarding snakebite.

  • 1 Clinical Toxicology Research Group, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW
  • 2 Calvary Mater Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW
  • 3 University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW



Geoffrey Isbister is funded by National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellowship 1061041.

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