WE are being reminded not to panic if we see a snake around the house during the warmer months.
Quite a few sightings have already been reported on the Gold Coast and a local snake catcher explained that even though they are cold blooded, sometimes the heat can be too much even for them.
This week we have seen the mercury hit 39 degrees in Nerang, yesterday’s expected top was in the mid 30’s.
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Australia is home to 20 of the world’s most deadly 25 species of snakes, so St John Ambulance Queensland has issued a reminder.
First aid expert Darryl Clare said there were many myths involving first aid treatment for snake bites.
“A common myth is sucking the venom out of a snake bite – this will simply spread the poison to another person, and you will be left with two victims instead of one,” Darryl said.
“Do not wash the bitten area or try to catch the snake – your first step in any situation is to follow the DRSABCD action plan (Danger, Response, Send for help, Airway, Breathing, CPR, and Defibrillation).
“Reassure the casualty, and let them know everything will be ok. If the casualty is relaxed, itwill slow down the time it takes for the venom to go through the body,” he said.
“Apply a constrictive bandage, then immobilise the bandaged limb with a splint.
“Write down as much information as you can, such as the time of the bite, a description of the snake and when the bandage was applied.”
Darryl said common symptoms of a snake bite victim included a headache, nausea, drooping eyelids, drowsiness and problems speaking.
“If you are unsure what type of snake bit your casualty, always call triple zero ‘000’ for an ambulance.”