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Bark scorpion envenomation

Simon, R. Bryan RN, CNOR, FAWM, DiMM

doi: 10.1097/01.CCN.0000480746.00602.a8
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Abstract: Centruroides sculpturatus/exilicauda, better known as the bark scorpion, is a member of the class Arachnida and the family Buthidae and the most dangerous scorpion within the United States. It is of particular concern to pediatric emergency medical care providers due to its potentially fatal effects on children.

The bark scorpion is the most dangerous scorpion within the United States. Early identification of common signs and symptoms and a better understanding of treatment protocols have resulted in more effective care of patients and a lessening of the adverse reactions of the venom.

R. Bryan Simon is an owner/partner in Vertical Medicine Resources; director of the Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team; regional editor of Accidents in North American Mountaineering; and a contract nurse with American Mobile Healthcare.

The author has disclosed that he has no financial relationships related to this article.

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