- Do not use a tourniquet when treating a snake bite – refer to First Aid Training – Snake Bites.
- Do not cut the skin around the wound or attempt to suck out the venom; all are dangerous and could lead to further damage.
- Close observation of the casualty is necessary and if breathing fails, commence CPR (30 Compression / 2 rescue breaths)
Fast Fix Treatment – (For more information refer to First Aid Training – Snake Bites)
- Immediately apply a firm pressure bandage over the bite site and wrap it around and beyond the site to the tips of fingers or toes, then back along the limb to include the joint above. The bandage should be as tight as one applied to a sprained ankle. You shouldn’t be able to place your fingers under the bandage.
- Keep the limb as still as possible. Do not elevate it. After applying the pressure bandage, immobilise the limb by binding a splint to it, e.g. a piece of timber, a spade handle, any rigid object, use their body!
- It is safe to leave the pressure bandages in place until anti-venom is available. Leave splint and bandage on until medical aid is reached. Do not wash off the skin as this will assist in later identification of what’s bitten the casualty. Bring transportation to the casualty, minimise movement.