Wash the wound?
How did this air in Australia?
This is the Australian Red Cross treatment for snake bite.
REST and REASSURE the casualty.
BANDAGE FIRMLY, intitally cover the bite site then the whole limb starting from the extremities (fingers/toes).
DO NOT wash the bite area (any venom on the skin can be used to identify the type of snake).
DO NOT raise the inujured limb.
Call ambulance - in Australia phone 000 or 112 from mobile phones.