Snakes biting early
ST John Ambulance has already been called to two snake bite incidents this spring – 65 people were treated last year.
“WA is renowned for our venomous snakes, so it makes sense that all West Aussies know how to correctly treat a snake bite,” St John first aid training general manager Aaron Harding said.
“It’s vital the patient receives life-saving medical assistance as soon as possible.
“While waiting for paramedics to arrive, keep the patient still and calm, lay them flat and wrap a bandage over the site of the bite, then apply a pressure bandage – starting from the fingers or toes and wrap upwards.
“Snake bite symptoms can include headache, impaired vision, nausea, drowsiness and difficulty breathing, speaking or swallowing.”