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29 April 2022

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Snake Bite First Aid – How to Treat a Snake Bite?

The most effective technique for lowering snakebite morbidity and death is to increase community knowledge about snakebite prevention. Although it is true that prevention is preferable than cure, knowing how to administer first aid in the event of a snake bite is essential… A link to the first aid treatment for snake bites is accessible below; it is vital to download and keep on hand for your house, farm, or camping.

It’s critical not to attempt to kill or identify the snake. This is critical. Snakes are normally not hostile and do not seek conflict with people, but if provoked, they may retaliate. The most essential thing to remember is that you should never try to catch or kill a snake; around 30% of snake bites occur when humans attempt to do so. Almost 70% of bites were “genuine,” meaning they occurred as a result of stepping on an undetected snake or laying a hand near one while hiking or gardening.

In the hospital, it is no longer necessary to know what kind of snake bit you; nevertheless, this does not affect your treatment. The venoms of a snake bite are neutralised by a universal Antivenom.

While there are just a few deaths each year, it is believed that 3,000 snakebites occur in Australia each year.

The average interval between birth and death is 12 hours. That gives you enough time to receive first-aid treatment, be transported and treated by paramedics, and be admitted to the hospital.

When a snake bites you, it injects venom into the flesh of your limb (NOT into your blood). From the bite site, the venom cannot be taken directly into the bloodstream. It passes through the lymphatic system, which is a fluid transport mechanism in your body (not the blood stream).

The only method for venom to enter your bloodstream is for it to travel via your lymphatic vessels from the bite site. Only by manually moving the bitten limbs can this be accomplished.

Keep your cool and keep the victim still!! If the victim does not move, Venom is immobile.

Pressure Immobilisation Technique (PIT) is a first-aid therapy that was created to block or delay venom migration. It slows or prevents the transit of venom/lymph into the bloodstream.

It’s critical to have the first aid treatment for a snake bite on hand. Not everyone who is bitten becomes envenomated. It is, nevertheless, critical to wear a pressure immobilisation bandage with each bite, just in case.

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See the references below for further reading…

Chippaux, JP (1998). “Snake-bites: appraisal of the global situation”. Bull. World Health Organ. 76: 515–24. PMC 2305789. PMID 9868843.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2017-11-26/youve-just-been-bitten-by-a-snake-%E2%80%94-what-do-you-do/9176728

https://www.livescience.com/34443-deadliest-snakes-most-venomous-snakes.html

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_snake_bites_in_Australia

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/snake-bites

https://www.anzcor.org/

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