Snake Bite - Symptoms differ according to type of snake, but can include scratch or bite marks, headache, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, sweating, sore or weak muscles, paralysis, excessive bleeding, double or blurred vision, convulsion or sudden collapse.
1. Immediately call Triple Zero (000) or mobile 112 for an ambulance.
2. Ensure the patient is lying down at total rest. Do not transport.
3. DO NOT clean the bite site. Place a clean dressing over the bite and secure firmly (not tightly) with a bandage.
4. Apply another firm (not tight) bandage to the limb, starting at fingers or toes (leaving ends exposed) and bandage as far up the limb as possible. Mark the bite area with an ‘X’ on the bandage and the time it was applied.
5. Splint the limb, keep it still and level with the rest of the body.
6. DO NOT cut, suck or clean bite area.
7. DO NOT attempt to catch or identify snake.
8. Observe patient’s vital signs closely and prepare for CPR until ambulance arrives.