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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A guide to what to do about snake bite

Snake bite guide

If you or a loved one find themselves bitten by a snake, here is a guide to what to do.
- Call 000
- Quickly apply a broad pressure bandage across the bite
- Little venom reaches the blood stream if firm pressure is applied over the bite and the limb is immobilised
- Crepe bandages are ideal but any flexible material may be used such as clothing, towels or pantyhose
- Keep patient still, including all limbs
- Do not cut or excise the bitten area
- Do not apply an arterial tourniquet
- Do not wash the bitten or stung area. The type of snake may be identified by the venom on the skin

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