Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 21, 2013

BRMC staff attend snake education project

BLUEFIELD — Several medical staff members at Bluefield Regional Medical Center demonstrated that the Boy Scouts of America aren’t the only ones who are working to “be prepared” for the upcoming National Boy Scouts Jamboree in mid-July.

Todd J. Mueller, an acute care specialist with BTG, provided an in-house lecture on the medical response to treating venomous snake bites as well as information on CroFab, anti-venom. After Mueller made his presentation, Roy Moose of the USDA Forest Service “Snakes of West Virginia Program” provided a live demonstration of snakes including two venomous snakes — a timber rattler and a copperhead — as well as non-venomous snakes including a water snake, black rat snake and garter snake.

“You could see all these people get excited and step back when he first brought out the snakes, but after he had them out and talked about them, they came up close and watched what he was doing,” Dr. William Blaskis, a resident at BRMC said. “This was a very good introduction to snakes for people who have never been around them.”

BRMC provided the program to prepare the medical staff for the upcoming Boy Scout Jamboree.

For more on this story as well as other news, see Saturday’s edition of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.


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