What to do if you've been bitten by a snake
Let’s start with a basic overview
Now this fluid (lymph) is moved differently to blood. Your heart pumps blood around, so even when you are lying dead still, your blood still circulates around the body. Lymph fluid is different. It moves around with physical muscle movement like bending your arm, bending knees, wriggling fingers and toes, walking/exercise etc.
STAY STILL - Venom can’t move if the victim doesn’t move - STAY STILL
TECHNIQUES - KEEP THEM STILL
- Do not cut, incise or suck the venom.
- Do not EVER use a tourniquet
- Don’t remove the shirt or pants - just bandage over the top of clothing.
- DO NOT try to catch, kill or identify the snake!!!
THIS IS IMPORTANT
In hospital we NO LONGER NEED to know the type of snake; it doesn’t change treatment. 5 years ago we would do a test on the bite, blood or urine to identify the snake so the correct anti venom can be used.
We don’t do this. Our new Antivenom neutralises the venoms of all the 5 listed snake genus, so it doesn’t matter what snake bit the patient.
Read that again- one injection for all snakes!
Polyvalent is our one shot wonder, stocked in all hospitals, so most hospitals no longer stock specific Antivenins.
Australian snakes tend to have 3 main effects in differing degrees.
Bleeding - internally and bruising. Muscles paralysed causing difficulty talking, moving & breathing.
Pain - In some snakes severe muscle pain in the limb, and days later the bite site can break down forming a nasty wound.
Allergy - rarer than winning lotto twice.
Not all bitten people are envenomated and only those starting to show symptoms above are given antivenom.
Did I mention to STAY STILL?!”
Written by TJ Craig Shared by Ultralight Hiker