Rapid diagnosis of snakebite victims
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We want to improve the treatment of snakebite victims globally by making rapid diagnosis of snakebite victims possible in the most affected countries in the world
VenomAid presents a solution to this problem: A cheap, easy-to-use, point-of-care device that provides a reliable diagnostic result within minutes
OUR SOLUTION →
“The syndromic approach requires a highly skilled technical staff. It is very complex.”
Dr. G. AlcobaGeneve Universityhospital and Doctors without borders (MSF)
“A widespread use of a fast and easy-to-use diagnostic device could have an impact of about a third or higher in preventing morbidity and mortality of snakebite victims.”
Dr. A. HabibPhysician in Infectious and Tropical Diseases at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria.
“Rapid diagnosis and identification of the perpetrating snake species is of vital importance for successful snakebite treatment.”
A. H. Laustsenpostdoc, leader of Tropical Pharmacology Lab, DTU, and co-founder of Biosyntia, Antag Therapeutics, Chromologics, Bactolife, VenomAb, og REBBLS
Our solution is
VenomAid is simple, easy to use and provides a quick determination of which snake is responsible for the bite, which is essential for early and correct treatment.
VenomAid provides a reliable diagnostic result within minutes of loading blood directly from the bite wound (or from a standard blood sample) onto the device.
THE SNAKEBITE CRISIS
Snakebite is a medical emergency affecting more than 5 million people every year. This leads to 2.5 million envenomings, 125.000 fatalities, and over 400.000 cases of permanent sequelae such as amputations. Uncertainty about the snake responsible combined with a variable time course for development of symptoms make great demands on medical personnel. They have to make a quick assessment on whether there are signs of envenoming and choose the correct antivenom treatment. This often has to be done on the basis of inconclusive information, leading to unnecessarily high death rates among snakebite victims.