Snakes Alive – They are out and they are biting!

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16 November 2018

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Darling Downs residents are being warned to keep an eye out for snakes.

The latest warning comes after a man was bitten by an unknown snake on Drayton-Connection Road on Wednesday morning.

The 31-year-old was bitten around 7:30am. Bystanders provided first aid before paramedics arrived.

He was taken to Toowoomba Hospital in a stable condition.

WHAT TO DO IF BITTEN BY A SNAKE:

Follow these steps to apply a pressure immobilisation bandage: 

  • First put a pressure bandage over the bite itself. It should be tight and you should not be able to easily slide a finger between the bandage and the skin.
  • Then use a heavy crepe or elasticised roller bandage to immobilize the whole limb. Start just above the fingers or toes of the bitten limb, and move upwards on the limb as far as the body. Splint the limb including joints on either side of the bite.
  • Keep the person and the limb completely at rest. If possible, mark the site of the bite on the bandage with a pen.
  • Call Triple Zero - 000

A guide to pressure immobilisation bandages can be found on the Australian Resuscitation Council website.

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