Snake Bites – What to Do

Snake bite prevention

Preventing a snake bite is obviously better than dealing with a snake bite. Here are a few ways to reduce the risks of snake bites while out on the trails:

  1. Be aware that there could be snakes where you’re running and avoid narrow, and overgrown trails
  2. Watch where you’re placing your feet and be extra aware on rocky, sunny areas, tracks where there are leaves, sticks or logs across the trail, or trails near water
  3. Carry the right kit, including:
    1. Wide elasticised roller bandage
    2. Rescue whistle
    3. Fully charged mobile phone, with the Emergency+ app downloaded – see below
    4. If you will be out of mobile coverage areas, consider carrying a PLB (personal locator beacon)
  4. Run with a buddy, or tell someone where you are going and check in with them at regular intervals
  5. Know what to do in the case you or someone is bitten by a snake

The Emergency+ app is a free app developed by Australia’s emergency services and their Government and industry partners. The app uses GPS functionality built into smart phones to help a Triple Zero (000) caller provide critical location details required to mobilise emergency services

What to do in case of snake bite

St John first aid tips in the case of snake bite:

  • Follow DRSABCD
  • Calm patient and keep still
  • Apply a pressure immobilisation bandage
  • Ensure call for ambulance has been made – triple zero (000) or through Emergency+ app

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