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Incase snake bites you,do this to save your life

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Knowing whether a snake bite is dangerous or not can be difficult. This article explains what to do — including providing the proper first aid treatment — if you are bitten by a snake.

It’s also important to be aware that bites from snakes can cause a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) in some rare cases.

Keep calm, and follow these steps:

1 Get the person away from the snake.

2 Ensure they rest and help them to stay calm.

3 call ambulance

If you can’t use a pressure immobilisation bandage because the bite is on the stomach or back, apply constant, firm pressure.

Things you SHOULD NOT do:

Do not wash the bite area — venom left on the skin and clothing can help identify the snake.

Do not apply a tourniquet (a strap to stop blood flow)

Do not cut the wound

Do not try to suck the venom (poison) out

Pressure immobilisation bandage
A pressure immobilisation bandage is recommended for anyone bitten by a venomous snake. You should firmly bandage the area of the body involved (such as an arm or leg), and keep the person calm and still until medical help arrives.

Follow these steps to apply a pressure immobilisation bandage:

First, put a pressure bandage over the bite itself. It should be tight — you should not be able to easily slide a finger between the bandage and the skin.

Next, use a heavy crepe or elasticised roller bandage to immobilise the whole limb. Start just above the fingers or toes of the bitten limb and move upwards on the limb as far as the body. Splint the limb including joints on either side of the bite.

Keep the person and the limb completely at rest. If possible, mark the site of the bite on the bandage with a pen.

 

 

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