MISTAKES TO AVOID

After snakebite occurs Do’s and Don’ts


Do’s
– Seek medical help right away.
– Call ambulance and transfer patient to a medical health facility. Arrange transport of the patient to medical care as quickly, safely and passively as possible by vehicle ambulance, boat, bicycle, motorbike, stretcher etc.
– Keep the person calm. Reassure them that bites can be effectively treated in an emergency room. Restrict movement, and keep the affected area below heart level to reduce the flow of venom.

paramedics pulling out a stretcher
paramedics pulling out a stretcher

Don’ts
– Do NOT waste time in traditional first aid methods
– Do NOT allow the person to become over-exerted. If necessary, carry the person to safety.
– Do NOT apply a tourniquet. Do NOT block the blood supply or apply pressure.
– Do NOT apply cold compresses to snakebite.
– Do NOT cut into a snakebite with a knife or razor.
– Do NOT try to suck out the venom by mouth or wash the wound.
– Do NOT give the person stimulants or pain medications unless a nurse tells you to do so.
– Do NOT give the person anything by mouth.
– Do NOT raise the site of the bite above the level of the person’s heart.
– Do NOT attempt to kill or catch the snake as this may be dangerous. Bring in the dead snake only if this can be done safely. Do NOT waste time hunting for the snake, and do NOT risk another bite if it is not easy to kill the snake.

Be careful of the head when transporting it – a snake can actually bite for several hours after it is dead (from a reflex).

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