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Summary

Envenomation by snakes, spiders, and scorpions in the United States results in significant morbidity and mortality each year. It is therefore necessary for the emergency physician to be well-versed in the appropriate evaluation and management of these serious bites and stings. Proper treatment and avoidance of unproven and potentially harmful interventions will optimize outcome for the patient. Envenomations by snakes, spiders, and scorpions invariably result in significant fear and anxiety for patients and their families. Understanding the principles discussed in this article will enable the physician to treat envenomated children with confidence.

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