Snake Bite Kit
The Snake Bite Kit by First Aid Works allows the first aider to promptly treat for snake bite and shock until help arrives.
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Snake bites are a constant risk in Australian cities and regions. Wherever you live, work and play, snakes are always present. Australian snakes are some of the most venomous in the world, but fortunately, they only tend to bite when disturbed or provoked. In the worst-case scenario, how do you respond to a snake bite? By ensuring you are well prepared with a snake bite first aid kit.
The treatment options for sea snake bites and land snake bites are exactly the same in Australia. After you Call 000, first aid must be used to stabilise the victim till an anti-venom can be given. But your regular first aid kit may not have the right equipment to treat a venomous snake bite, which is why all Australians should keep a snake bite kit nearby.
The best Australian Snake Bite Kit by First Aid Works contains specially designed bandages that can be used to stabilise the victim by applying appropriate compression to the affected area. Snake bite kits are an essential first aid item in Australia.
A snake bite kit can be easily kept in the home, the car, your tent, backpack, or on-site at work. The benefits of having an Australian designed snake bite kit nearby could be lifesaving in the event of an emergency.
Compression is Key in Snake Bite First Aid
Applying a compression bandage is one of the most important steps in treating any snake bite in Australia. When a snake bites, there is often no way to tell if venom was released and injected into the victim’s body. All snake bites in Australia should be treated as if they are venomous and compression should be applied immediately.
Correct limb compression requires wide, heavy-weight bandages, like those found in our Snake Bite First Aid Kit for Australia. Compression of the limb and restriction of movement will slow the spread of venom through the victim’s lymphatic system. This method is called the Pressure Immobilisation Technique (P.I.T) and involves wrapping the affected limb in bandages from tip to torso. Wrapping the limb in wide bandages with enough tension to create pressure will reduce lymphatic movement.
The common myth that venom spreads through the bloodstream is untrue and can be dangerous. When treating a snake bite victim, remember that their blood flow should not be restricted when using the compression bandages from your snake bite kit. You should monitor the victim’s blood flow by testing the fingers or toes of the compressed limb.
Gently squeeze a finger or toe until it goes white and then let go – natural pinkness should return within a few moments.
Symptoms of a Snake Bite
If the snake is not seen after a biting or stinging sensation, there can be a delay in receiving appropriate treatment. Learning to identify common symptoms of a snake bite means that lifesaving treatment can be applied sooner. Children are especially susceptible to being bitten by snakes, and they may not be able to verbalise what ‘hurt’ them. Adults in Australia need to recognise the symptoms of a snake bite and act quickly to provide first aid.
If you or someone around you experiences the following symptoms and could have been in the vicinity of a snake, respond urgently with snake bite treatment:
- Puncture Marks (can look like a scratch or graze) with Swelling – Remember: if the victim has puncture marks but no other symptoms, always perform snake bite first aid
- Difficulty Breathing
- Bruising, Swelling, Tingling, or Burning Skin
- Nausea, Vomiting, or Abdominal Pain
- Headache, Confusion, or Dizziness
- Blurry Vision, Muscle Pain/Weakness, Paralysis, or Fainting
- Irregular Heartbeat
How to Respond to a Snake Bite
If you are bitten by a snake or if you are a first responder to a snake bite, there are five things you should do first:
- Lay the victim down safely and CALL 000.
- Use a broad (7.5mm width) bandage to begin firmly wrapping the entire limb, starting at the fingers or toes. If the bandage is too short, start with another bandage where the last one stopped.
- Make sure the bandage compression is firm but does not restrict blood flow. Keep the tips of the toes or fingers uncovered so they can be used to monitor blood flow.
- Once the whole limb is wrapped, mark where the bite was (this is helpful for emergency service personnel) and then splint the limb to prevent movement.
- Do not remove the bandage. Keep the victim still and continue to reassure them until emergency services arrive.
Remember: DO NOT attempt to wash the bite, do not try to tourniquet the limb, do not try to catch and identify the snake and do not try to ‘suck’ the venom out. These actions will not help.
Benefits of a Snake Bite Kit in Australia
The Snake Bite First Aid Kit for Australia, designed by First Aid Works, is essential for treating a snake bite and shock promptly. It is easy to use and includes a clear instruction guide. The First Aid Pamphlet is your guide to treating yourself or a victim in the event of a snake bite.
First Aid Works has designed every part of the Snake Bite Kit to fit the practical needs of the Australian lifestyle. The tough, nylon fabric pouch containing the snake kit has a belt loop for ease of use in all environments. This First Aid Kit can be attached to bags, belts, other first aid kits and can be conveniently hung up.
The compact size of the snake kit and soft case was designed to be able to fit in small spaces like car doors, glove boxes, bag pockets, and pant pockets. You won’t have to take anything out of your bag to bring your Snake Bite Kit with you!
Many snake bite victims will enter a state of shock in response to their injury, which is why First Aid Works includes an Emergency Thermal Blanket in their Snake Bite Kit. After applying compression bandages, keeping the victim calm and still is imperative in preventing venom from spreading. Using a thermal blanket will help reduce shivering/shaking when a victim goes into shock or when you are stuck in a location exposed to the elements.
The Snake Identification Card is a key part of this snake kit for Australia. While all snake bites should be considered venomous and treated immediately, it can be helpful to emergency services if you can identify the snake. Never try to catch the snake that bit the victim. Instead, use the Snake ID Card as a reference for any part of the snake you may have seen during the incident. Do not panic if you can’t identify the snake that bit the victim – the majority of snake bites can be treated without identification.
Keep track of your snake first aid kit contents by using the Comprehensive Maintenance Checklist included in the Snake Bite First Aid Kit. All first aid kits should be maintained properly to ensure they are ready to use at all times. As your snake kit ages, ensure you replace any damaged or expired equipment.
What's in the Snake Bite Kit?
|1||Snake ID Card|
|1||Non-adherent dressing 7.5 x 5cm|
|2||Heavy weight crepe bandage 10cm|
|1||Emergency thermal blanket|
|1||First aid pamphlet|