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What are some first aid steps for a stingray sting?

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  • While still in water, irrigate wound to remove fragments of spine and tissue.
  • Get the person out of the water.
  • Gently manually remove obvious pieces of spine. Do not remove pieces of spine from the neck, chest, or abdomen.
  • Hot water inactivates any remaining venom and may relieve pain.
  • Clean the wound with soap and water.
  • Apply pressure above the wound if it is bleeding.
  • Apply dressing. Do not tape it closed.

SOURCES:

Diaz, J. Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society, July-August, 2007.

Australian Venom Research Unit: "First Aid Information: Stingray."

Divers Alert Network (DAN): "Stingray Envenomation."

Rosson, C. Western Journal of Medicine, January 1989.

Evans, R. Journal of Accidents and Emergency Medicine, 1996.

Stingray Injury Information from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 15, 2020

SOURCES:

Diaz, J. Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society, July-August, 2007.

Australian Venom Research Unit: "First Aid Information: Stingray."

Divers Alert Network (DAN): "Stingray Envenomation."

Rosson, C. Western Journal of Medicine, January 1989.

Evans, R. Journal of Accidents and Emergency Medicine, 1996.

Stingray Injury Information from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 15, 2020

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