Comming from a country with the top ten most dangerous snakes in the world I feel I should post the right way to treat a venomous snake bite.
Taken from "Australian First Aid, The authorized manual of the Australian St John ambulance service."
- KEEP CASUALTY AT REST.
- REASSURE VICTIM
- IMMEDIATLY apply a pressure bandage (15cm wide compression bandage)
Start at the bit site and bandage DOWN the limb first to the extremity, not too tight or you will completely cut off the blood flow! (bad juju that..)
Then UP the limb to the groin or armpit.
(generaly you will need 2 bandages to go all the way..)
Splint the limb, do not remove either the splints or bandage once applied, monitor pulse and breathing and apply CPR / EAR if required.
NEVER WASH THE BITE SITE, NEVER CUT OR EXCISE THE BITTEN AREA, NEVER TRY TO SUCK OUT THE VENOM, NEVER APPLY ANY CONSTRICTIVE BANDAGE OR TORNIQUET.
Get victim to medical aid as soon as you can.
This has been paraphrased a little to save room.
Also when you apply the bandage mark the bite site on the outside of the bandage, so the Medics or Doc can just cut the piece of bandage out of the way to assess the bite site.
This is the current Internationaly approved method for treating snake and spider bite.
I hope this is helpful to you all, I routinely carry 2x crepe bandages with me at all times out in the bush for this reason.
a note on bandageing, keep your turns neat so that it is comfortable for the victim.... (Whoa, flash backs to my teaching days with Search and Rescue)
"Learn to live in harmony with the Earth, travel light 'n move like a phantom in the shadows."