Red‐back spider‐bites at Fremantle Hospital, 1982‐1987

  title={Red‐back spider‐bites at Fremantle Hospital, 1982‐1987},
  author={George Alexander Jelinek and Neil D G Banham and Stephen J Dunjey},
  journal={Medical Journal of Australia},
The published literature in Australia on red‐back spider‐bites allows no means of determination of the incidence of this envenomation. This retrospective study describes the experience at Fremantle Hospital with red‐back spider‐bites over a six‐year period from 1982‐1987 inclusive. One hundred and fifty patients were admitted to hospital with a definite red‐back spider‐bite, of whom 32 (21%) patients received antivenom; 11 (34%) of these patients received more than one ampoule. In earlier… Expand
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