Michele Lossius, Author at Clinical Pain Advisor

Michele Lossius

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Spider Bites

OVERVIEW: What every practitioner needs to know Are you sure your patient has a spider bite? What are the typical findings for this disease? In the United States, two medically important families of spiders exist: Theridiidae or widow spiders and Loxoscelidae or brown recluse spiders. There are five species of widow spiders in the United…

Animal and Human Bites

OVERVIEW: What every practitioner needs to know Are you sure your patient has been bitten? What are the typical findings for this condition? Key signs of a dog bite are abrasions, puncture wounds, and/or lacerations, which may include avulsed tissue. Cat bites are puncture wounds. Human bites are secondary to occlusion injury or clench-fist injury.…

Snake Bites

OVERVIEW: What every practitioner needs to know Are you sure your patient has a snake bite? What are the typical findings for this disease? Crotalinae (Pit vipers: Rattlesnakes, copperheads, cottonmouths/water moccasins) Pit viper venom can affect nearly every system of the body, but it is most notable for local tissue effects as well as hematologic…

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