Rattlesnake Bite

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Rattlesnake Bite…

Do’s & Don’ts if you are bit by a rattlesnake. Did you know that you should not use a snake bite extractor pump?

DO

  • 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.
  • Monitor.
  • 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

  • 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

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