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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

Check air­way, breath­ing and cir­cu­la­tion Call 000 for an am­bu­lance to trans­port to near­est hos­pi­tal Ap­ply a pres­sure im­mo­bil­i­sa­tion ban­dage as soon as pos­si­ble, ap­ply a firm ban­dage over the bite site and the cover the en­tire limb - the ban­dage should be as tight as you would ap­ply to a sprained an­kle Im­mo­bilise the limb us­ing a splint. Any rigid ob­ject may be used as splint - a shovel, piece of wood, tree-branch or a rolled up copy of the Gazette Put a mark­ing on top of the ban­dage roughly where the snake bite is, this way med­i­cal staff can lo­cate the ex­act part of the ban­dage that may have soaked up resid­ual venom, for swab­bing and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Keep the pa­tient ab­so­lutely still and en­cour­age them to re­main calm Use a tourni­quet or cut or suck the venom from the wound Wash resid­ual venom on the skin as it can be used as a sam­ple to iden­tify the snake in­volved

What to do af­ter a snake bite or sus­pected snake bite...

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