First Aid Measures: What To Do When A Snake Bites?

  • 1. Call emergency service if:
  • -There is any chance that the snake is venomous.
  • -The person has difficulty breathing.
  • -There is loss of consciousness.
  • 2. If you know the snake is not venomous, treat it as a puncture wound.
  • 3. Note the snake's appearance to describe it to the emergency staff.
  • 4. Protect the person while waiting for medical help by:
  • -Moving the person beyond striking distance of the snake.
  • -Having the person lie down with wound below the heart.
  • -Keeping the person calm and at rest, remaining as still as possible to keep venom from spreading.
  • -Covering the wound with loose, sterile bandage.
  • -Remove any jewelry from the area that was bitten.
  • -Remove shoes if the leg or foot was bitten.
  • 5. Do not cut a bite wound or attempt to suck out the venom. Also, do not apply a tourniquet, ice, or water. Don't give the person alcohol or caffeinated drinks or any other medications either.
  • 6. If you are treating a snake bite at home, make sure to have the person who was bitten get a tetanus shot by a medical practitioner.

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