Section 2 Arthropods


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Medscape Spider Slide Show

Red Back Spider Envenomation


Objectives

  • Understand the main toxin in Red Back spider venom.
  • Detail the typical presentation of Red back spider envenomation.
  • Understand the indications for the administration of Red Back spider antivenom.
  • Consider under what circumstances Red Back spider antivenom could be administered without a positive identification.
  • Consider under which circumstances multiple doses of Red Back spider antivenom may be required and how it should be administered.

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Funnel Web Spider Bite


Objectives

  • Understand the epidemiology of funnel-web spider bites and envenoming.
  • Describe the local and systemic effects of funnel-web spider envenoming.
  • Understand the management of funnel-web spider envenoming.
  • Understand the indications for the use of antivenom.
  • Discuss an approach to the management of big black spiders

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Other Spider Bites


Objectives

  • Differentiate the major types of definite spider bites in Australia.
  • Understand the epidemiology of spider bite and which particular activities are associated with bites from specific spiders.
  • Describe the local effects of spider envenoming.
  • Understand the spectrum of White-tail spider bite and its relation to necrotic ulcers.
  • Discuss an approach to the management of spider bites when the spider has not been identified.

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Other Venomous Arthropods

Objectives

  • Describe the first aid management of common insect stings
  • Understanding of the clinical effects of common insects in particular bees, wasps, caterpillars, centipedes, scorpions and ticks.
  • Identification of allergic reactions.
  • Management of these stings.

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