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What should you do to someone with a snakebite while waiting for medical help?

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While waiting for medical help:

  • Move the person beyond striking distance of the snake.
  • Have the person lie down with wound below the heart.
  • Keep the person calm and at rest, remaining as still as possible to keep venom from spreading.
  • Cover the wound with loose, sterile bandage.
  • Remove any jewelry from the area that was bitten.
  • Remove shoes if the leg or foot was bitten.

From: Snakebite Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "How to Avoid or Respond to a Snakebite."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Avoiding snakebites."

University of Maryland: "Snakebites."

Merck Manuals: "Snakebite."

Merck Manuals: "Wounds."

California Poison Control System: "Rattlesnake Encounters on the Rise, State Poison Officials Warn."

Snakebite Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: "How to Avoid or Respond to a Snakebite."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Avoiding snakebites."

University of Maryland: "Snakebites."

Merck Manuals: "Snakebite."

Merck Manuals: "Wounds."

California Poison Control System: "Rattlesnake Encounters on the Rise, State Poison Officials Warn."

Snakebite Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

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