I've just come from a lecture about Venomous Bites and Stings.
One of the steps of treatment (for a snake bite) was "Restrictive Pressure Bandaging". But it was noted that this step of treatment is controversial, as the science doesn't show much for or against it.
The other "First Aid" steps were:
Keep the pt calm
Clean wound if possible
Seek medical attention ASAP
As an ILS medic, during transport, I would start IV therapy and monitor for signs of anaphylaxis. Also immediately calling ahead for the hospital to arrange anti-venom.
What are your views on Restrictive Pressure Bandaging for envenomations?
What other steps would be necessary in handling an envenomation? (BLS, ILS or ALS.)
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