- Do not wash or clean the bite site. Venom residue left on the skin may be used by medical professionals to potentially identify the species of snake involved and administer the correct anti-venom.
- Do not cut the bite site. This can aid in venom progressing to the bloodstream and cause further symptomatic response.
- Do not apply an arterial tourniquet or elevate the bitten site. This may cause tissue damage and affect blood flow to other parts of the body.
- Do not attempt to catch or kill the snake. Attempting to catch or kill the animal can lead to further bites and injuries. If possible take a digital photo.
Above all, DO NOT PANIC. Calm the patient, immobilize the affected area by applying a Pressure Immobilisation Bandaging and seek medical help immediately call 000 and ask for ambulance.
Apply a Pressure Immobilisation Bandage.
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The most common symptoms following an envenomating snake bite are listed below; however these may vary between cases depending on both the general medical condition and age of the person bitten. The species of snake involved will further determine symptomatic responses.
- Bite marks in the skin with site swelling. The bite site may ooze blood or other discharges.
- Fainting or dizziness.
- Blurred vision.
- Increased thirst.
- Muscle coordination loss.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Rapid pulse.
- Numbness or tingling.
- Soreness in the lymphatic system under the armpits and around the groin area.
- Loss of consciousness.