Press Release:– In a ground-breaking event in the history of medical co-operation between Martinique & St. Lucia, the National Trust, Victoria & Tapion Hospitals, as well as the Caribbean Doctors Association, hosted over sixty medical, forestry, and health professionals at the launch of a new protocol for the treatment of snakebite in St. Lucia.
Also attending was Mr. Davidson Alfred, aka Webster, a snakebite survivor, who was medically evacuated to Martinique on New Year’s Eve in Dec 1998, where he spent several months.
The protocol was designed by Dr. Dabor Resiere of the University Hospital of Martinique, and Professor José Maria Gutierrez of the Institute of Microbiology at the University of Costa Rica in a 6-month collaboration between March & October 2018.
Professor Gutierrez developed the anti-venom currently in use in St. Lucia, which differs from the version used in France. Since the recent declaration of snakebite as a neglected tropical disease by the WHO, increased attention is focused on treatment of this disease, which should help reassure the public about co-existence with the fer-de-lance, the only venomous snakes in Martinique & St. Lucia.
The protocol will update procedures already in place in Martinique.
Dr. Resiere is a qualified toxicologist, as well as being the deputy head of the ICU at the University Hospital of Martinique, and President of the French-registered non-profit Caribbean Doctors Association.