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#10987 - 03/21/13 06:31 PM Snakebite First Aid
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I thought I would share this with you all....some common sense directives from the fine folks at the Mayo Clinic :

By Mayo Clinic staff
Most North American snakes aren't poisonous. Some exceptions include the rattlesnake, coral snake, water moccasin and copperhead. Their bites can be life-threatening.

Of the poisonous snakes found in North America, all but the coral snake have slit-like eyes and are known as pit vipers. Their heads are triangular, with a (pit) midway between the eye and nostril on either side of the head.

Other characteristics are unique to certain poisonous snakes:
Rattlesnakes rattle by shaking the rings at the end of their tails.
Water moccasins' mouths have a white, cottony lining.
Coral snakes have red, yellow and black rings along the length of their bodies.

To reduce your risk of snakebite, avoid touching any snake. Instead, back away slowly. Most snakes avoid people if possible and bite only when threatened or surprised.

If a snake bites you
Remain calm.
Immobilize the bitten arm or leg, and stay as quiet as possible to keep the poison from spreading through your body.
Remove jewelry before you start to swell.
Position yourself, if possible, so that the bite is at or below the level of your heart.
Cleanse the wound, but don't flush it with water, and cover it with a clean, dry dressing.
Apply a splint to reduce movement of the affected area, but keep it loose enough so as not to restrict blood flow.
Don't use a tourniquet or apply ice.
Don't cut the wound or attempt to remove the venom.
Don't drink caffeine or alcohol.
Don't try to capture the snake, but try to remember its color and shape so you can describe it, which will help in your treatment.

Call 911 or seek immediate medical attention, especially if the area changes color, begins to swell or is painful.


Edited by HappyCamper2 (07/28/13 11:11 AM)
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#11019 - 03/22/13 06:51 AM Re: Snakebite First Aid [Re: HappyCamper2]
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great info

To reduce your risk of snakebite, avoid touching any snake. Instead, back away slowly.then run like he_ _ nerves
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#11041 - 03/22/13 08:20 PM Re: Snakebite First Aid [Re: HappyCamper2]
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lol...ya if you can even see the one that bites you....thats why i dont like copperheads...if i had a nickle for everytime my horse nearly stepped on one...
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#11319 - 04/06/13 07:07 AM Re: Snakebite First Aid [Re: HappyCamper2]
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One thing I want to stress is PLEASE DO NOT BRING SNAKES INTO AN EMERGENCY ROOM! If someone in your party is bitten, please dont capture the snake and bring it to an emergency room. When you do you jeopardize people who are already sick or traumatized and compromised and you create tremendous stress for an already overwhelmed hospital staff. Last summer, a friend of mine was working the night shift and somebody brought a rattle snake into the emergency room in a plastic garbage bag...they thought it was dead...laid the bag down and you guessed it...a loose snake in the ER. Not good.
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