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Snake Bite Bandage
« on: September 12, 2017, 07:15:48 AM »
Here's a clever Aussie invention for management of snake bite.   As we know, the backbone of the first aid treatment for snake bite is to bandage the effected limb with an elastic bandage to restrict movement of venom, and then keep the patient at total rest.   This bandage has a clever and simple  built in indicator to let you know when you have the bandage tension correct.  The little rectangles in the weave simply turn into squares when the tension is correct.

https://www.survivalfirstaidkits.net.au/shop/first-aid-accessories/smart-snake-bandage

I'm keen to hear comments from our OzSTOC paramedics and doctors, as a couple of these could find their way into my first aid kits.   :popcorn
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Re: Snake Bite Bandage
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2017, 08:46:22 AM »
From a Personal opinion (not professional and endorsing a product) for the laymen who has no intension of completing reasonably regular FULL First Aid courses (HLTAID003 and above) I would suggest a product like this would be a real advantage to the victim  :thumb

For the trained and composed First Aider who has practiced the procedure and understands even the basic principals of the Lymphatic system and Capillary refill assessment its a bit of a gimmick  :p

Over a number of years there has been some unscrupulous companies producing "Snake Bite kits" that would save your life for just $39.95 !! and in the kit you got 2 $3 crepe bandages and a brief how to guide.

I'm not suggesting that this is the case in anyway  :thumbsup


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Re: Snake Bite Bandage
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2017, 08:47:33 PM »
Nobody will carry one of these in case of snake bite,I have carried a first aid kit on bikes for 20+ years and never had cause to use it, thinking of ditching it as it only takes up space
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Re: Snake Bite Bandage
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2017, 09:11:52 PM »
I carry a kit, always have. Too many times I've been first on scene. An army medic gave me base of best basic kit, being panty liners & a stocking, providing absorbancy & pressure needed for compression and minimal space required.

The issue with bandages for snake bite is the amount of compression that can be applied. A crepe bandage can be difficult to ensure the right compression.  If the bandages Pete has suggested can ensure a better treatment, then it has to be a positive.

Most of us don't get the chance to practice skills on a regular basis thankfully, so if this is a 'dummy's', it has to be a consideration in my very humble opinion .

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Re: Snake Bite Bandage
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2017, 09:12:35 PM »
I have carried a first aid kit on bikes for 20+ years and never had cause to use it, thinking of ditching it as it only takes up space

I've always carried one as well and never used it.  The day you ditch it probably the day you need it.