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Snake Venom test

Laboratory:
Haematology
Test Code:
SNAKE
Specimen types:
Swab
Urine
Container types:
Wound swab kit
Urine
Wound swab kit
Collection Instructions:

Specimen Type: Swab from bite site is the best specimen, followed by urine

 

 

Please phone the laboratory to arrange the pick up of the Snake Venom Collection Kit

Box Hill Laboratory – 9895 3489

 

Angliss Laboratory – 9764 6136

Maroondah Laboratory– 9871 3572

The specimen(s) must be collected in the Emergency Department (see following instruction), labelled correctly and sent to Pathology laboratory for analysis.

Notes:

 

 

 

Frequency:
Daily
Result Turnaround Time:
4 hours
Reference Interval:

 

Results are reported as either Positive or Negative.

 

 

 

Positive results are categorised into one of the five main medically important snake groups, namely Tiger, Brown, Black, Death Adder and Taipan immunotypes.

Toxic Range:

A positive result for venom from the bite site does not mean the patient has been significantly envenomed

 

 

A positive result from the bite site is not an indication to give antivenom. It is an indication of the type of antivenom to be given if the patient needs antivenom therapy based on clinical or laboratory test result evidence.

 

Laboratory Use Only

SPECIMEN COLLECTION MODULE (SCM) FAQs - CLICK HERE

 

CLICK HERE for a consent form to perform tests not covered by Medicare

TURN AROUND TIMES - When will my result be available?

CLICK HERE for Minimum Labelling Requirements

CLICK HERE for a printable Pathology request form

CLICK HERE for a Log sheet for recording Pathology results

"THE ART OF CCCCOLLECTION"

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE PREFERRED ORDER OF DRAW