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Old 05-30-2011, 08:59 PM   #1
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With due respect to the other thread for tweaking my interest, would any of the Health Professionals in our group want to offer advice as the latest immediate action with regard to snake bite.

Constriction? Ice? Obviously time is of the essence, but if we're out hunting or camping and help is 20 or 30 minutes away what is the latest good info?

As a kid it was taking a knife to the bite, making a light cut across and a deeper cut vertically, and sucking. I'm pretty sure that's out of date...

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Old 05-30-2011, 09:42 PM   #2
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Here's one that gives some basics Jim.

First Aid

1. Keep the person calm, reassuring them that bites can be effectively treated in an emergency room. Restrict movement, and keep the affected area below heart level to reduce the flow of venom.
2. If you have a pump suction device (such as that made by Sawyer), follow the manufacturer's directions.
3. Remove any rings or constricting items because the affected area may swell. Create a loose splint to help restrict movement of the area.
4. If the area of the bite begins to swell and change color, the snake was probably poisonous.
5. Monitor the person's vital signs -- temperature, pulse, rate of breathing, and blood pressure -- if possible. If there are signs of shock (such as paleness), lay the person flat, raise the feet about a foot, and cover the person with a blanket.
6. Get medical help right away.
7. Bring in the dead snake only if this can be done safely. Do not waste time hunting for the snake, and do not risk another bite if it is not easy to kill the snake. Be careful of the head when transporting it -- a snake can actually bite for up to an hour after it's dead (from a reflex).
  • Do NOT allow the person to become over-exerted. If necessary, carry the person to safety.
  • Do NOT apply a tourniquet.
  • Do NOT apply cold compresses to a snake bite.
  • Do NOT cut into a snake bite with a knife or razor.
  • Do NOT try to suck out the venom by mouth.
  • Do NOT give the person stimulants or pain medications unless a doctor tells you to do so.
  • Do NOT give the person anything by mouth.
  • Do NOT raise the site of the bite above the level of the person's heart.

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Old 05-31-2011, 08:51 AM   #4
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Example: (if the bite is in the ankle region) Take a women's hose or similar item and start at the bite site and continuously wrap around the leg going upwards to the hip. This is one of the latest things I have heard from a snake bite expert. He also said ice does not work. The best thing is to get to a hospital as quickly as possible. He also said that a snake bite to the lower leg (in the US) is almost never fatal.
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