Snake bites are the “common man’s bane” over these parts of the world. And really, with the way many of our outbacks are still meticulously preserved over the years, it’s no question that the innate risk for getting snake bites all-year long is an all-too real proposition. Indeed, as we’re now gearing for yet another “hot” month before the year ends, warnings about the increase of snakes in your backyard may be more likely than what you’re probably expecting. Indeed, if anything, this should only prove to you how essential learning snake bite first aid procedures is for your purpose!
Of course, that is not to say that you can use this guide as the ONLY one you’ll ever need in case of an actual snake bite; rather, this post should only provide as a “stopgap” of sorts when immediate medical care is not around when you need it the most. So, with that said, here are three easy tips below which should help you in helping yourself or your loved one just in case of a nasty snake attack!
The immediate actions
It is often said that the most important thing that you would have to take note of during a snake bite is to identify which kind of snake bit you or the person you’re helping. Well, do know that this should be the LAST of your priorities—the most immediate precedence should always be the victim, and this holds true for any kind of first aid care there is.
What does NOT hold true, however, is the fact that many of the usual “actions” associated with first aid care rarely applies here. For instance, you DON’T have to wash the victim’s wound or apply a tourniquet on it because of the facts that it will “tamper” with the evidence of the venom on the wound or may even accentuate the damage in the affected area, respectively.
What you CAN do, however, is to keep the victim immobile by having him or her lay down with the wound drawn at body level—it still maintains blood circulation, but not to the point that the venom has the capacity to spread across other areas of the body. Also, have the victim refrain from eating or drinking ANYTHING—and that even includes aspirin and other analgesics. Of course, it also has to be said that “cutting” or “sucking” out the wound always never works in this regard—that is some old-school, outback stuff there, which is romantic, but hardly effective.
Applying “pressure” the correct way
Tourniquets are a big no-no when it comes to treating snake bites; however, that’s not to say you don’t have to apply pressure on the wound when the chance presents itself. And really, there’s more to “pressure” than tying the wound very hard with a tourniquet.
And for this purpose, one of the most effective ways for you to apply pressure is by simply “bandaging” the wound securely. Of course, you don’t even have to look for a “standard” bandage just do so; a long-enough cloth will suffice, since you have to wrap the affected body part up to the point “nearest” to the heart.
If possible, you can completely “immobilise” the affected area by wrapping a modified splint along with it. Of course, if a bite wound is near the extremity, then wrap it in a way that will leave the extremities with enough room to… err¸wiggle!
Identifying the snake
So, now that you have secured the victim (or yourself) before “proper” help arrives, you can now think back to the kind of snake that has bitten the victim for useful reference for treatment later on. And of course, that’s much trickier than what you’re probably expecting!
So, with that in mind, here the “identifiers” which you can take note of when attempting to describe the appearance of the snake in question: its length, shape, head, and eyes. Now, the head and eyes of a snake can be really hard to describe, particularly so during the times when you were attacked by one. So, that only leaves you with the length and shape; in particular, you have to imagine how “long” the snake’s body may be when stretched out, and how its body is shaped (i.e. slender, thick, or heavy).
So, we surely hope that the post we have written for knowing about proper snake bite first aid procedures should prove to be very helpful for you! Use this knowledge well… which means that we hope you won’t be using it at all in the near-future!