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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.

From: Stingray Injury Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

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

Stingray Injury Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

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

Stingray Injury Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

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