Snake bite First Aid facts:

Don’t wash the bite site. This will only delay treatment at the hospital as a venom detection kit is swabbed over the bite to determine the species specific antivenom needed for treatment.

 Calm and reassure the patient who has been bitten, sit them down, relax their breathing and keep them as still, calm and comfortable as possible.

Use a heavy crepe bandage as shown to apply a compression bandage, the same firm pressure that is used for a sprained ankle is needed. Venom travels through the lymphatic system and the compression bandage slows the spread of venom through the lymphatics and body.

Start the bandage at the furthest extremity of the limb and continue as far as you can all the way to the shoulder or hip. A second and even third bandage should be used to achieve this.

Place a mark on the bandage clearly showing the bite site location, so the hospital staff know where to cut the bandage in order to take a reading with the venom detection kit.

Call 000 or 112 on mobile phones.

Did you know: The majority of snake bites throughout Australia are because an individual has tried to make contact with a snake either to try kill, harm or capture the animal. Snakes only bite instinctively as an absolute last resort when threatened and if given the opportunity will always avoid conflict with people, pets and livestock where possible.