About Snake Bites
Snake bites can be fatal if not treated. They have a greater impact on children because of their smaller size.
If a person is bitten, running after the snake to catch it may not be a good idea.
Here are some tips that would guide you in the event of a snake bite!
Beat the Panic
The first step in the event of snake bite is to calm the patient.
Panic increases BP and pulse rate and carries the venom faster through the victimís body.
If the snake - bite is on the arm, then use a sling bandage for support.
If the bite is on the leg, then use a splint and tie it to the leg using a cloth. Do not tighten the cloth. The purpose is to immobilize the leg till treatment.
Remove any rings or bangles to avoid complications in case of swelling.
Common symptoms -
Difficulty in breathing/speaking
Droopy eyelids/blurred vision
Bleeding from gums/wounds
Loss of consciousness
Lack of treatment can be deadly even if symptoms do not appear.
Shift the patient to the hospital, for modern treatment, as soon as possible.
An injection with the right anti - venom is life-saving!
Herbs, snakestones or traditional medicines would be a colossal waste of precious time.
Do not cut the bite with sharp tools, like blade
Do not apply pressure, such as by using cold compressors
Do not use tourniquet
Do not suck out the venom orally
Do not feed or give anything to the patient orally
Do not give medicines, unless instructed by a doctor
Do not try to raise the site of bite to above the level of heart
It may not be possible to completely avoid snake bite but the following steps may be considered -»
Avoid areas where snakes are commonly found such as under rocks and logs»
If you are a frequent trekker then carry a first aid kit for emergencies including snake bite»
Make a tapping noise when you trek. Snakes will slither away and avoid you»
Never provoke a snake
Time is Precious
Don't waste time and lose life!