What to do if you get a Snake Bite in Australia

Author: Sarah   Date Posted:17 September 2020 

Snake Bites in Australia can be deadly! Australia is home to approximately 140 land snake species. There are around 3,000 snakebites in Australia each year, with recent figures showing around 550 hospitalisations and an average of two deaths per annum. While 57% of snakebites happen in regional and rural areas – not in cities – the majority happen near

Top 5 things you need to do if you get bitten by a snake
  1. Call an ambulance immediately. You should treat any snake bite as an emergency, regardless of whether you think the snake was venomous or not. ...
  2. Don't panic and don't move. ...
  3. Leave the snake alone. ...
  4. Apply a pressure immobilisation bandage and splint. ...
  5. Don't wash, suck, cut or tourniquet the bite.


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