Snake bite: What to do, what not to do and why…

Jayanti and her classmate from school were playing in the garden on a hot summer evening in Cochin, Kerala. While picking up a ball from amongst the dried leaves on the ground, Jayanti felt a sudden pain on her hand, as though she had been stuck with a needle. Hearing a rustle in the leaves, she just caught the glimpse of a snake slithering away. She realised she had been bitten, and ran indoors to inform her parents. Her mother Laila was at home, talking with a doctor friend of hers who was visiting. Laila was panic-stricken and confused about what to do.

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dr rajeev jayadevan

Dr Rajeev Jayadevan completed his MBBS and MD General Medicine with top honors from Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore in 1995. He received training in Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health from Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
He has extensive international experience of performing over 19,000 endoscopies. He was awarded MRCP (UK) from England in 1996. He obtained Board Certification in Medicine and Gastroenterology (Fellowship) from New York Medical College, and spent 3 years in the UK and 10 years in the US before returning to his hometown of Kochi. He established the department of Gastroenterology at Sunrise Hospital Cochin.

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