Envenomations: Snakes, Lizards, Marine Life and Arthropods


About the Course
This podcast is designed to review the pathophysiology, clinical features, and management of various envenomations, including snakebites, scorpion stings, spider bites, hymenoptera stings, bites from venomous lizards, and a variety of marine envenomations, including jellyfish stings. Common myths will be dispelled, and learners will be provided with evidence-based treatment guidelines.  

Listen, Learn, and Earn CE Hours with this podcast course. Available on AppleSpotify, and other podcast apps.

Learning Outcomes 

Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:  

  • Identify the clinical features of pit vipers, coral snakes, widow and recluse spiders, lizards, and marine life.
  • Recognize the indications for antivenoms.
  • Identify why antibiotics and surgical intervention are not appropriate for terrestrial envenomations.

About the Presenter
Spencer Greene, MD, MS, FACEP, FACMT, FAACT, FAAEM, is a board-certified emergency physician, medical toxicologist, and addiction medicine specialist. He is a Clinical Professor at the University of Houston College of Medicine and serves as the Director of Toxicology at HCA Houston Healthcare-Kingwood, where he oversees one of the busiest snakebite services in the U.S. His research interests include envenomations, salicylate poisoning, antimuscarinic toxicity, anticonvulsant overdoses, and alcohol withdrawal. He has authored more than 50 book chapters and scholarly articles and is the recipient of multiple teaching and clinical awards. Dr. Greene has directed the Houston Venom Conference since 2013. He serves as the Co-Chair of the newly established American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) Toxinology section and directed the ACMT Natural Toxins Academy. Dr. Greene graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in psychology and biology. He earned an MS in immunology from C.W. Post, Long Island University. He graduated magna cum laude with an MD from Albany Medical College. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and his medical toxicology fellowship at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.  

How to Receive Credit

  • Listen to the entire course online which requires a 1-hour commitment of time. 
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity. 
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 75% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Provide required personal and payment information. 
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation. 
  • Print your Certificate of Completion. 

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
Planners, faculty, and others in control of content (either individually or as a group) have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies. 

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement 
It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners. 

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.  

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