This week, we are going to discuss another overlooked issue - "Scorpion Envenomation"
Fortunately, I did initial two years of my EM training at Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu where we used to get quite a bit of patients with Scorpion Sting/Envenomation.
Back in Vellore, whenever we used to talk about this issue, there was one name which always came up - "Dr. Himmatrao Bawaskar". He has done a ton of research on this and came up with an antidote for scorpion sting dropping the mortality down to <1% from 30%. His first individual paper titled “Diagnostic cardiac premonitory signs and symptoms of red scorpion sting” was published in The Lancet in 1982.
It was in 1984, when he treated 126 patients with Prazosin; all of them survived. In 1986, in his paper in The Lancet - he put forward for the first time Prazosin as a physiological antidote for scorpion stings.
I have focused on species found around Southern India.
This a really short one, just about 8 minutes. Check out the show notes.