Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Bear Grylls first aid? Snakebite

Good God!

Wash the wound?

No bandaging?

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.


Minicapt said...

Not immediate amputation, with flame cauterization of the affected blood vessels? Double whiskey, neat?


Pedro the Ignorant said...

John Wayne cure: Cut "X" over the bite, remove the bullet from a six gun cartridge, pour the powder on the bite and set fire to it.
Works for gunshot wounds as well.
Hey, I was raised on 50's cowboy movies, in colour, no less, so it must be true.

Anonymous said...

Pedro, you stole my answer! John Wayne could do ANYTHING...watched Rio Bravo again last week...John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan...*sigh*

Zardoz said...

I'm reminded of the “suck out the poison” scene in “Bananas”.

Linky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2_eBuhHF5s

Steve at the Pub said...

One of the school secretarial assistants was telling the assistant librarian....

... (a few of us kids could hear it, but weren't supposed to, they were in the office, out of our sight, and they couched the discussion in language that very few of us kids understood)....

.... it transpired that on a coach tour of central australia, a group of girls (circa 20yo) were camped out, & there was one fellow in the group (church group)

.. and the lad was bitten on the ...er.... in a certain place (RIGHT on it actually) & was in great distress, this was at the time of the "suck out the poison" & then torniquet method.

Apparently it was a most awkward situation. Despite extremely finely tuned ears, we kids never did hear how they actually handled the ..er.. emergency.

Pedro the Ignorant said...

Steve, old Army solution to a snakebite in an *ahem* delicate area.
Adopt suitable sorrowful tone, "Sorry , mate. You are about to die".

Steve at the Pub said...

Pedro, the girls in the group may not have been so callous toward their fellow human being.