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Clinico-epidemiological profile and outcome of snakebite victims in South West of West Bengal: A District hospital based study

Year : 2018 | Volume : 6 | Issue : 2 Page : 34 - 38

Sarojini C1, Jhansi Rani C2, P.K Mukherjee3, Vijaya Chandramouli4

1Resident,3Professor & Head, Department of General Medicine, D.M Sadar Hospital, Purulia, West Bengal, 2 Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Chalmeda Anand Rao Institute of Medical Sciences,Karimnagar, 4Resident, Department of Plastic Surgery, Gandhi Medical College,Hyderabad.Telangana,India.

Address for correspondence: Dr Jhansi Rani, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Chalmeda Anand Rao Institute of Medical Sciences,Karimnagar,Telangana, India.



Introduction: Poisonous snake bites are a serious health challenge in tropical regions due to their incidence, morbidity and mortality . More than 200,000 cases of snake bite are reported in India each year. Envenomation by poisonous snakes is an occupational hazard for the farmers and farm laborers, plantation workers, herders and hunters in tropical and subtropical countries . Hence the present study is undertaken to document the Clinico-epidemiological profile and outcome of snake bite victims admitted in a Deben Mahato sadar hospital, Purulia located geographically in South West of West Bengal.

Materials and Methods :Analysis and interpretation of the collected data will be done using chi-Square statistical association method . Windows excel and word 2013 is used for data entry and analysis. Descriptive statistical analysis will be done. Results on continuous measurements will be presented as Mean & Standard Deviation. Results on categorical measurements will be presented as Percentages.

Results :In this study sample, a majority of snake bite victims were aged between 31-45 years. Most of the cases were males (71.34%) compared to females (28.65%). A majority of the patients were village habitants and mostly farmers (54.87%) who lives in rural areas(89.02%).

Conclusion : As snake bite is an occupational hazard and awareness among farmers and plantation workers regarding wearing of foot wear.There is urgent need to create awareness among rural people regarding prompt reporting of snake victims and importance of effective treatment through mass media ,role plays and community health programs.

Keywords :Snake Bite, Antivenom,clinical profile, outcome.


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