Do’s & Don’ts if you are bit by a rattlesnake. Did you know that you should not use a snake bite extractor pump?
- Scene safety. Retreat out of the striking distance of the snake.
- Keep yourself and the patient calm.
- Remove constricting clothing and jewelry.
- As with any bite wound, wash with soap and water.
- Splint the extremity.
- Avoid elevating the injury.
- Avoid any harmful and unproven treatments.
- If you are many hours or days from a hospital and the signs and symptoms are not severe or not yet severe, evacuate the patient by assisting to walk out allowing for frequent rest breaks and adequate hydration.
- If you are many hours or days from a hospital and the signs and symptoms are severe or get severe, evacuate rapidly by arranging for a litter or helicopter rescue (use a SPOT-type device).
- Do not try to catch or kill the snake.
- Do not use a snake bite extractor pump.
- Do not try to cut the bite and suck the venom out.
- Do not give “snake bite medicine” – whiskey.
– See more at: http://www.wanderabout.org/2012/12/05/rattlesnake-bite-first-aid/#sthash.IuAXz0Ba.dpuf