Learn how to treat a snake bite

The Advocate (Perth) - - OPINION -

ST JOHN Am­bu­lance is urg­ing peo­ple to learn the cor­rect first-aid tech­niques to treat a snake bite, now that the weather is warm­ing up and snakes are be­com­ing more ac­tive.

First aid train­ing gen­eral man­ager Aaron Hard­ing said snakes were most com­mon in bush and grassy ar­eas, in par­tic­u­lar near rivers, lakes and in coastal ar­eas.

“WA is renowned for our ven­omous snakes, so it makes sense that all West Aussies know how to cor­rectly treat a snake bite,” he 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, so keep a close eye on the pa­tient un­til the am­bu­lance ar­rives.”

If bit­ten by a snake or ven­omous spi­der, call 000 im­me­di­ately.

The St John Am­bu­lance snake-bite firstaid demon­stra­tion aims to show school stu­dents the ba­sic first-aid skills re­quired to treat a snake bite.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion will pro­vide the first-aid ses­sion free to all schools across the state.

Schools and teach­ers want­ing to find out more about the demon­stra­tion can call 9334 1259 or email YouthandCom­mu­ni­tyEn­gage­ment@stjohnam­bu­lance.com.au to reg­is­ter their school or re­quest fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

All par­tic­i­pat­ing schools will be pro­vided with a free snake-bite treat­ment pack.

To find out more about first-aid kits and first-aid train­ing, visit www.stjohn am­bu­lance.com.au.

Snakes are be­com­ing more ac­tive now that the weather is warm­ing up.

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