Sawbones: Snakes


This week on Sawbones, it's Part Three of our series of putting pet-centric illness on BLAST. This week we're putting snakes on a plane.

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While a tourniuet is not indicated for snakebite, it's worth noting that torniquetes are no longer considerd a limb threatening intervention. National EMS testing guidelines, PHTLS, and ATLS all teach that a tourniqet should be used if bleeding cannot be controlled with direct pressure. Previous data on touriqete use were from the civil war - when they were left on for days, there was poor infection control etc, nearly always endng in amputation. The more recent military data coming from the middle east are that tourniqets are associated with increased survival in trauam. A commercial tourniquet is an important piece of kit for controlling severe bleeding that cannot be controlled with direct pressure.

Snakebite First Aid

Hi guys, great show. It might be worth adding that the advice for snake bite first aid is different depending on which country you come from. For example, here in Australia it is very important that people DO NOT wash the bite, as the type of venom is identified using venom detection kits, with a sample obtained directly from the bite site. We also have had fantastic results using the pressure immobilisation technique - although I believe this is due to our snakes being elapids as opposed to vipers.

Poisonous vs venomous

hi guys,
Great show as usual.
I'd just like to point out that you referred several times to snakes as poisonous when in fact they are venomous.
A little trick to remember the difference is the following:
If YOU bite IT and you get sick, it's poisonous.
If IT bites YOU and you get sick, it's venomous.