STRONG WARNING: Vets have asked pet owners to be vigilant when it comes to snakes. Not only are they potentially deadly, but treating a bite can be expensive.
STRONG WARNING: Vets have asked pet owners to be vigilant when it comes to snakes. Not only are they potentially deadly, but treating a bite can be expensive. Scottie Simmonds

OUR SAY: Valuable advice for snakebites

IT WAS sad to hear of the death of a six-year-old girl in the State's west as the result of a bite from a brown snake.

Doctors were unable to save the girl's life despite giving her anti-venom at the local hospital and then treating her in Sydney.

While there has been plenty of focus on shark attacks in recent times and there are always efforts to reduce the road toll - the Clarence Valley's tragically rising by one at the weekend - the venomous snakes Australia is so well known for are often ignored.

As part of any first aid knowledge in this country should be an understanding of what to do in case of snake bite.

Following the girl's death, NSW Ambulance issued the following tips:

  • If you are bitten by a snake, ensure someone calls 000 immediately;
  • Until help arrives, if the bite is on a limb, apply a pressure immobilisation bandage but not so tight it will cut off circulation;
  • If the bite is not on a limb, apply direct and firm pressure to the bite site with your hands (it is also important the patient is kept still); and,
  • Check items of clothing that have been left outside before wearing them and if you lift something such as a rock or log, lift the object so it's facing away from you.

It is advice worth heeding.



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