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How Do You Treat Snake Bites
in the Wilderness?

It's essential that you have some basic principles of wilderness first aid and know how to apply them, even under stress. Even knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency situation. You can treat minor injuries and keep serious casualties stable until further help is available.

Follow these steps to treat snake bites:

Step 1: The casualty is likely to be very frightened, so lay him down and tell him to keep calm. Panic increases the heartbeat, speeding up the rate at which the venom is circulated around the body. If you know that the snake is only mildly poisonous, wash the wound with soap and water. If you think the snake bite could be fatal, immediately apply direct pressure to the wound.

Step 2: Bandage the area. Do not cut the wound, apply a tourniquet, or try to suck out the venom. Keep the casualty still and do not raise the injury above the level of his heart.

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