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What antibiotic should you administer for a crocodile bite? Clinical Director - FACEM - Adventure Medicine - Australia

Consultant - Emergency Medicine
Ref: 3275 Date Posted: Tuesday 13 Dec 2016









Question: What antibiotic should you administer for a crocodile bite? (Answer at the end of this post).


This is a fantastic opportunity to develop and lead a rural service whilst delivering first class hands on specialist expertise in emergency medicine. You will do this in one of the most spectacular environments offering unprecedented lifestyle opportunities alongside lucrative remuneration. You can look back on this experience as an adventure of a lifetime - one where you were able to develop and build a first class rural Emergency Medicine department, work with a disadvantaged population group and build your experience in indigenous health and culture.


Katherine is an amazing town situated on the Katherine River. There are ancient cultures to learn about, gorges, canyons, billabongs and waterfalls to explore and play in. You can dive, swim, fish, 4x4 drive, camp, trek and go canyoning. Pretty much, you can have the time of your life.


The patients who present to Katherine’s small ED have complex issues, can be quite unwell and there is a great deal of trauma. The long term objective of the hospital is for you to develop the ED and develop seniority in the service with more specialist personnel such as Rural Practioners/GPs with EM or overseas trained specialists. You will play a critical role in achieving this. Careflight is the local retrieval service.


For the leadership role it is essential that you are FACEM. Perhaps you are a FACEM currently working overseas for an NGO or in a hospital setting and curious about returning to Australia but not seeking a “standard” EM position. Perhaps you are in Australia and you are seeking something outside the norm or wanting leadership experience in developing an EM service from the ground up. Either way, you will have energy, be collaborative in your outlook and be interested in rural and indigenous health.


The antibiotic for a crocodile bite is tazobactam. This was successfully administered in April following a rare crocodile attack in a remote area.


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Alasdair Spinner

Senior Recruitment Consultant

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