Learn how to treat a snake bite
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.