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6/17/05 12:57 PM
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KICK
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Edited: 17-Jun-05
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What are the dos and donts? Since this never has came up before.
6/17/05 2:25 PM
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Edited: 17-Jun-05
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Venomous? If so: Do call 911. Don't drive two hours to the hospital. Do bring the snake to the hospital. Don't get bit again catching the snake.
6/25/05 8:34 PM
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Edited: 25-Jun-05
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"Don't get bit again catching the snake." LMFAO
6/30/05 12:13 PM
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Edited: 30-Jun-05
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Don't try sucking the venom out. For any pit viper bite (rattlesnake, cottonmouth, copperhead) DO NOT use a tourniquet - it causes the tissue-destroying venom to remain localized, and you are much more likely to lose the bitten limb due to necrosis. DO circle the bite wound with a pen and mark the time of the bite. You might pass out and be unable to assist the doctors. Periodically circle the outer region of the swelling/redness/inflamed area and mark the time - it gives the doctors an idea as to how fast the effect of the venom is spreading. I suggest having someone drive you to the hospital, if possible, and call 911 on a cell phone to have an ambulance meet you somewhere, unless you are bitten somewhere were an ambulance will arrive in minutes. DO NOT consent to a fasciotomy if the hospital has antivenin. Few doctors truly know how to treat genuine snake bite cases. A fasciotomy is considered unnecessary by doctors with substantial experience in treating snakebite, and it will leave you horribly scared. You want CROFAB polyvalent antivenin. It should be stocked in every hospital where venomous snakes occur. If you get bit by something exotic, like a pet cobra - well, you should be smart enough to have the bite protocol handy, preferably on a laminated sheet that you take with you to the hospital, as well as the phone number of a place that stocks the specific anitvenin for the species that bit you, if you yourself don't stock it. Exotic antivenin is in short supply in the US. The private venomous community monitors bite reports because a single bite case will often deplete the antivenin stock for an area, or even the whole country, and you do not want to be second in line in that case.
7/1/05 6:57 PM
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Carlão
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Edited: 01-Jul-05
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Trust has bit thte correct!

LOL  @ "Don't get bit again catching the snake."


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