September course in Basel on envenoming and poisoning

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Saturday, 25 July 2015

Envenoming and poisoning incidents are among the most neglected health problems in the tropics and subtropics and are categorised by the World Health Organization as neglected tropical diseases. Moreover, clinicians in industrialized countries are increasingly confronted by cases of envenoming and poisoning in tourists and petowners.

The diversity of venomous and poisonous animals and the pathophysiological effects of their complex venoms pose major challenges to clinicians and poisons information services. Since identification of the culprit is indispensable for antivenom treatment, it is essential that clinicians have the skills to do this in order to be able to treat their patient.

With this in mind, we are running a four-day course on envenoming and poisoning in Basel from 10 September, immediately following on from the European Congress of Tropical Medicine and International Health.

The biological focus of the course provides clinicians with the tools needed to succeed in the difficult task of identifying the culprit in clinical stress situations. The challenge is to narrow down the possible culprits to the level necessary for managing a patient.

The clinical sections provide a systematic approach for the clinical management of envenomed patients, based on the best evidence to date. Various animal groups (terrestrial and sea snakes, scorpions, spiders, hymenopterans, cnidarians, venomous fish and poisonous animals) are intro-duced, with an emphasis on the most important species  within each group. Response strategies are presented and practiced, exposing course participants to real life situations, starting with the presentation of the patient and identifying the culprit through to symptomatic and specific clinical management. Further information and an application form can be found on the course webpage.

The course organisers are also the authors of VAPAGuide, a freely available and recently updated online guide to venomous and poisonous animals. Why not take a look?