Emergency retrievals of snakebite victims have prompted the Royal Flying Doctor Service South Eastern Section (RFDS SE) to offer advice and copies of the Fast First Aid booklet.
The RFDS SE, with a base in Dubbo, tells of 3000 reported snake incidents each year in Australia, home to 60 species of snakes including the “10 most lethal in the world”.
“It is important that people are mindful of the danger they pose to our health and well-being and able to take the appropriate action if an incident occurs,” said RFDS SE flight nurse James Rozorio.
The “appropriate action” includes placing a folded pad over the bite area, applying a firm bandage to slow the spread of venom and using a splint or sling to minimise limb movement.
The RFDS SE warns against washing, sucking, cutting or applying a high tourniquet.
Advice on how to respond to snakebite and other common first aid situations is contained in the new and free booklet available until mid-December.
To receive a copy text NOW to 0428 044 444.