Time and place of definite or possible exposure to a snake.
Description of a snake, if seen (colour, size).
Number of times bitten (multiple bites are usually more severe).
Was the bite through clothing, which might make the bite less effective.
What type of first aid was used, how long after the bite, and how active
was the patient after the bite?
What symptoms has the patient experienced since the bite; specifically ask
about local pain, swelling, blistering, bleeding from the bite, systemic features
including headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness, collapse,
convulsions, sleepy eyes (ptosis), dysarthria, dysphagia, respiratory
distress, dark urine (myoglobinuria), persistent bleeding from the bite site
or elsewhere (coagulopathy).
Relevant past history, particularly renal problems, bleeding disorders.
Medications, particularly anticoagulants, NSAIDS or other platelet active
drugs, beta blockers or ACE inhibitors.
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