Snake Bite Treatment

Bites and Stings: Snake Bite

Remember To Send for Help – Call an Ambulance

 

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General Symptoms of Snake Bite

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Profuse sweating

 

More Severe Symptoms of Envenomation

  • Muscular pain / weakness
  • Drooping of eyelids and drooling (early signs)
  • Altered mental status
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Bleeding from nose and gums
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Renal impairment / Failure

 

Treatment

  • Keep the patient still, do not let them walk
  • DO NOT WASH THE BITE SITE
  • Cover the bite site with a clean dressing
  • If the bite is on a limb, apply a wide crepe or elasticised bandage and start just above the fingers or toes.
  • Firmly wrap as far as you can up the limb including the bite.
  • Mark the bandage with an X above the bite site
  • Further immobilize the limb by applying splints
  • Write down the time of the bite and when the bandage was applied
  • Manage for shock if needed

Note

Check blood supply below the bandage. If the limb is very pale or numb loosen the bandage a little 


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