Snakes bit­ing early

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS -

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.”

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