Hospital ready for snake season

IPSWICH Hospital management has assured residents there is enough anti-venom to deal with the high number of snake bites which occur in the region each year.

It follows the tragic death of a 43-year-old mother of two Narelle Pails only three hours after she was bitten by a snake on her property at Wheatvale, near Warwick, on Wednesday.

Although it was yet to be confirmed what type of snake killed Ms Pails, the eastern brown snake is responsible for the majority of the venomous bites reported in the Ipswich area.

West Moreton Health Service Emergency Department district assistant director Kenny Tay said each year, an average of 48 people are admitted to Ipswich Hospital's emergency department with suspected snake bites.

"The most common breed of snake responsible for bites in Ipswich is the brown snake," Dr Tay said.

"Ipswich Hospital keeps 12 vials of anti-venom on site at all times, including five vials of brown snake anti-venom.

"Vials are replaced as soon as possible after use."

This year could prove to be a busier than usual one for hospital staff, with 40 people having already presented to the emergency department for treatment of venomous snake bites.

Experts have warned that a build-up of rodents following a heavy wet season last summer has provided a good food source for snakes.



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