Get the patient to the hospital immediately! Time is of the essence! Here is the problem!
Not all hospitals have antivenoms in stock, so it’s best you call the hospital beforehand, because going from hospital to hospital is wasting time that the victim does not have.
Take note of the snake that bit the person.
Its better to describe the snake to the doctor as this will help to determine the kind of snake and the kind of treatment needed.
Don’t suck the wound, cut or burn.
You’re wasting valuable time and causing more harm.
Key lessons of this article – Take home
There are several outdated first aid techniques that are now believed to be unhelpful or even harmful:
- Do not use a tourniquet.
- Do not cut into the snake bite, that is,do not make incision on the body site of the bite.
- Do not use a cold compress on the bite.
- Do not give the person any medications unless directed by a doctor.
- Do not raise the area of the bite above the victim’s heart.
- Do not attempt to suck the venom out by mouth.
- Do not use a pump suction device. These devices were formerly recommended for pumping out snake venom, but it’s now believed that they are more likely to do more harm than good.
- Try not to move the part of the body with the bite
- Go straight to the hospital.