Redback spider bite is the most common envenoming in Australia with 5000–10,000 human bites occurring annually.
A 27 year-old woman felt a sting on the back of the right leg while pulling on her tracksuit pants. She investigated further and discovered a small black spider, with a red-stripe on its back, crawling around in her tracksuit pants.
Spider envenoming: In Australia the only two spiders of real importance = Funnel-web and the Red-Back; only these two can cause death or severe systemic illness
Black widow spider bites, while rare enough in the actual world, are often present at ABEM General. How many know what to do for these patients when they present to the ED?