Scorpion Anti-venin

In June of last year Marcie Edmonds got stung by a scorpion and ended up in the emergency room at Chandler Regional Medical Center with an $83,000 bill and a $25,000 deductible. I’ve heard good things about Chandler Regional but this is not one of them. It was the anti-venin that cost so much. According to Marcie, the emergency doctor had not told her about the cost or alternative treatments.

It’s been my experience that most healthy adults get over the discomfort of a scorpion sting in just a few days. The discomfort can vary from mild to quite uncomfortable. Some adults experience severe symptoms far greater that just discomfort. The risk for severe illness is usually to small children, the sick and elderly.

If you have had a recent experience at an emergency room for a scorpion sting please submit your comments so we can better understand what is going on regarding this relatively new situation.

My advice to those of you who have the responsibility of caring for children, sick and/or elderly is not to wait until you are in the emergency room to find out and decide what to do. First have a verified poison control number handy. They have a well-deserved reputation for being very helpful. Second, check with your insurance company to see how much you would end up out of pocket for this expensive emergency. Then talk to your doctor to help prepare you as to what to do in case of such a future emergency.