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What to do in case of SNAKEBITE

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 2:01 am    Post subject: What to do in case of SNAKEBITE Reply with quote

After a little experience wondering for an hour what is going to happen to me after a snake 'scratched' me, I have listed a few thoughts how a snakebite situation could be avoided or chances could at least be reduced...
When you walk in Wadis or mountains try to use:
Arrow proper clothing, especially legs and feet:
Exclamation shoes: best to use sturdy ankle high 'walkers' boots (could avoid ankle sprain)
Exclamation trousers: loose (cotton?), long, best to be able to be closed in the bottom
Exclamation hat, cap: recommended against the heat
Arrow to learn all of the snakes and other biting creatures found in the region
Arrow to know what to do in case of... see below
Arrow to know how to get fast help ( helicopter) emergency number is 9999 - a SAT phone would be a great advantage!
If you can think of more please let me know!
Thanks
Reinhard

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From the NET:

In Case of Snakebite


If you can be sure that a non-venomous (harmless) snake did the biting, you have little to worry about. Washing the scratched area with soap and water is usually sufficient. However, a venomous snakebite can be very serious. The following is a list of what to do and not to do if bitten by a venomous snake:

Arrow The DONT's
Do not eat or drink anything, including alcoholic beverages or medicine.
Do not run or engage in strenuous physical activity.
Do not cut into or incise bite marks with a blade.
Do not apply a constrictive tourniquet.
Do not use a stun gun or other electrical shock.
Do not freeze or apply extreme cold to the area of the bite.



Arrow The DO's
Try to stay calm!
Keep the bitten body part below heart level and remove rings, watches, and tight clothing.
Try to identify the offending snake if you can do so easily without putting yourself at risk or wasting valuable time.
Get to the nearest hospital or emergency medical facility immediately.


The universally accepted treatment for serious snakebite is the use of antivenin or snakebite serum, which should only be administered by a medical doctor.


"Medical doctors who have experience with bites of venomous snakes of the United States do not completely agree on the details of first-aid treatment for snakebites. However, most doctors believe that the DOs and DONíTs listed here have the highest probability of success in most situations involving venomous snakebites."



Field herpetologists consider car keys (and a car) to be the best snakebite kit.


The best advice is to learn all of the snakes found in your region and avoid the venomous ones. If you are bitten by a venomous snake, remember to stay calm and get to the nearest hospital quickly.

from: http://www.uga.edu/srel/snake-4.htm



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Other snakebite related sources:

http://www.snakebite-firstaid.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snakebite_(bite)

www.mhfa.com.au/smh_181104.doc

Google : what to do in case of snakebite : 169.000 hits



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Literature: on snakes in Oman



Snakes of the Arabian Gulf & Oman

by Michael Gallagher, 1993



http://www.nizwa.net/env/snakes/snakes.html

http://www.arabianwildlife.com/archive/vol3.1/snake.htm

http://www.cons-dev.org/GVS/fiche1.php?lng=en&nespece=126

http://www.omne-vivum.com/c/10174.htm

http://www.reptil.net/replex/lexikon.htm Too many snakes!

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