How to Treat Snakes and Spider Bites

Author: Shop First Aid   Date Posted:17 March 2015 

A suggested emergency treatment guide for Snake, Spider and Some Marine Bites and Stings

  • DRSABCD

 

Reassure and calm the patient

Call 000 to summon assistance

  • FOR SPIDER OR MARINE BITES OR STING

 

Depending on species & current treatment guidelines, apply either an ice pack or treat as a venomous bite according to your training or by following the guidance below.

If species requires an alternate treatment such as hot water or vinegar use that in lieu according to your training.

  • DO NOT CLEAN OR WIPE THE BITE SITE

 

If possible, remove any constrictive jewellery from the limb. Cut clothing rather than removing it to minimise limb & thus venom movement. Using a heavy crepe bandage, first apply two or three turns over the bite area. Bandage only as tightly as a sprained ankle. (Check bandage tension using the finger rule if trained to do so)

  • Depending on the bite location, bandage down then back up the limb as high as possible. Use another heavy crepe bandage if necessary.
  • If possible, immobilize limb in a splint of to the body. The triangular bandages can assist here.
  • Arrange medical aid to come to the patient. If the patient must be moved, keep them as still as possible and do not allow them to walk.
  • Has the snake / spider / marine creature been positively identified? Do not risk further bites if this cannot be done safely. Call 000 if required.
  • Continue to monitor breathing, circulation and conscious state until medical aid arrives. Perform CPR if required.

 

This guide is not a substitute for a first aid course and Shop First Aid does not accept any responsibility for any loss, death or further injury caused by the use or misuse of any suggested treatment or contents of this package.


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