• Emergency Snake Bite First Aid

    Reason People Are Bitten

    1. People only get bitten when they interact with the snake e.g. try to pick it up, step on it, or try to Kill it

    2. You can't get bitten if you calmly move away

    Snake Bite First Aid

    DO NOT wash the venom off the skin
    DO NOT cut the bitten area
    DO NOT try to suck the venom from the wound
    DO NOT use a tourniquet
    DO NOT try to catch the snake

    Are not always visible but may be puncture marks, bleeding or scratches


    Developing within an hour include headache, impaired vision, nausea, diarrohea, drowsiness, faintness, problems speaking or swallowing


    1. Reassure the patient and keep them calm and still
    2. Apply a broad crepe bandage over the bite site as soon as possible

    3. Apply a pressure bandage (heavy crepe or elasticised roller bandage) starting just above the fingers or toes of the bitten limb and move upwards on the limb as far as can be reached (include the snake bite). Apply firmly without stopping blood supply to the limb

    4. Immobilize the bandaged limb with splints
    5. Ensure the patient does not move
    6. Write down the time of bite and when bandage was applied, and mark area that was bitten
    7. Regularly check circulation in fingers and toes
    8. Reassure patient they will be okay
    9. Ensure ambulance has been called



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