CU Faculty of Medicine Balcalı Hospital, Head of Emergency Medicine Department. Dr. Ahmet Sebe noted that there is an increase in environmental emergencies related to animal bites such as ticks, snakes, scorpions and spiders. Drawing attention to the fact that snake and scorpion stings started early in February-March due to environmental and global warming, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Sebe stated that they also encountered intensive tick bites in the Çukurova region.
Prof. Dr. “In the summer months, we encounter an average of 160-170 snake bites, around 200 scorpion bites and around 100 tick bites in the summer months. Some of them are patients we send with daily emergency treatment, some are severe cases. Severe cases need intensive care treatments,” said Sebe.
Providing information about what needs to be done in tick bites, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Sebe said, “In tick bites, serious deaths are seen in patients who come late, especially in cases that come late due to Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever, or if the treatment is performed on their own. Because blood poisoning occurs in these patients. The patient should apply to the hospital in the early period. “It is necessary to be removed under the supervision of a physician, to be analyzed, examined and examined, and their treatment should be started.”
Prof. Dr. Sebe also gave the following warnings to those who will contact animals or spend time in the open area before the upcoming Eid al-Adha:
“There is the Feast of Sacrifice ahead of us. Those who deal with animal husbandry, veterinarians, butchers must definitely take personal protection measures against these situations. Our citizens should also wear clothes to cover their bodies when they go to nature. In addition, socks should also be worn. Because ticks are transmitted from the closest place to the body.”
Prof. Dr. Sebe said that attention should be paid to the cleanliness of the home environment and common living areas. Underlining that patients who are exposed to snake bites should be immobilized, brought to the nearest health institution without being walked or rushed, Prof. Dr. Sebe said, “In such cases, the people around do not apply unscientific treatments such as cutting, sucking, putting ice on the patient. We save the lives of these patients by giving the antidote, the drug, if necessary, the plasma,” said Sebe.
Emphasizing that practices such as cutting, sucking, and putting ice on films especially for such environmental emergencies will cause dangerous consequences, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Sebe said the following:
“We always see it in movies; in cases such as animal bites or bites, interventions such as sucking with the mouth or bleeding with a knife are attempted. These are completely unscientific practices. In these interventions, you can poison yourself and infect the wound, cause the wound to grow. A situation may occur that could cause the patient to become disabled or die later. None of these methods are appropriate treatment methods. ”