Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Rattlesnake Bite Help

Don't waste time trying to catch the snake — this may result in another bite or another victim. Please do NOT bring the snake to the Emergency Room.

What NOT to do...
There are many myths in the treatment of rattler bites. Here is a short list of what not to do if someone is bitten. All these actions may worsen tissue damage or cause complications from rattlesnake bite.
* DO NOT APPLY TOURNIQUET OR TIGHT BAND.
* DO NOT APPLY COLD PACKS OR ICE TO THE SKIN. IT DOES NOT PREVENT OR SLOW SPREAD OF VENOM
* DO NOT MAKE INCISIONS OVER FANG WOUNDS OR USE MOUTH SUCTION.
* DO NOT APPLY PRESSURE DRESSINGS.
* DO NOT APPLY ELECTRIC SHOCK.
* DO NOT CONSUME ALCOHOL, CAFFEINE, ASPIRIN OR ANYTHING BY MOUTH.
This is what to do with snake bite.
* KEEP VICTIM DOWN, STILL AND CALM.
* REMOVE ALL CONSTRICTIVE CLOTHING OR JEWELRY FROM EXTREMITIES AS SWELLING WILL BE A PROBLEM.
* LOOSELY IMMOBILIZE EXTREMITY.
* KEEP BITTEN AREA BELOW HEART LEVEL, BUT DON'T
ALLOW IT TO HANG DOWN.
* TRANSPORT VICTIM IMMEDIATELY TO THE NEAREST MEDICAL FACILITY WITH
* RATTLESNAKE ANTIVENIN.
* MARK ADVANCEMENT OF SWELLING WITH INDELIBLE MARKER EVERY 15 MINUTES.
* IF ABLE, CALL 911 TO ALERT HOSPITAL AND OTHER EMERGENCY PERSONNEL
* TO YOUR SITUATION. THEY CAN GIVE YOU DIRECTIONS, ADVICE AND PREPARE FOR YOUR ARRIVAL.

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