Actually it's not as common as one would think. Antivenom is expensive and has a shelf life so it's not a commonly stocked item.afaik, unless you know what you've been biten by, taking specific AVs with you is pretty much pointless, that said, most hospitals, if the area has venomous animals will have AV for the local populous......
WHS it has to be stored very cold or frozen and you need a lot of it eg at least 6 full vials at about £500 each .... First aid for snake bites varies according to the species (and NEVER involves use of a snake bite kit!!) snake identification is the most important thing in any treatment so if you are really concerned it might be better to cover those bases.Local hospitals carry the anti-venom but it is species-specific. I believe it usually requires refrigeration.
Avoidance of getting bitten is the best anti-venom. 20 years of walking barefoot around a farm and I was never bitten.
Which areas don't stock antivenom? Well almost none of the hospitals here. It's just too expensive and I believe it has a limited shelf life. It's stocked at regional sites and flown to whatever hospital needs it on demand instead. Even then, it's not guaranteed to be available.Which areas? I grew up in a part of Australia where 3 species of venomous snake are very common (as in you saw them on the roadside, trod on them in fields, etc).
Local hospitals carry the anti-venom but it is species-specific. I believe it usually requires refrigeration.....
But where do you get your snake meat for supper then?Ian "max" Maxwell;1379144 said:.....Just a quick note, I will go out of my way to avoid snakes, because even a little bite, even from a non-venomous snake is a very aggressive and unpleasant thing.
If a snake darts by, or a rustle is heard, I avoid my curiosity getting the better of me. I would only consider catching a snake if it was cornered in habitation.....
You're right. I've found hundreds of them around the area, but it goes to show you that even when you know what you're looking for and actively seek these animals in a known area with a high population density, you can still come up empty handed. Murphy's Law applies to ophiology more than any other profession.Ian "max" Maxwell;1379144 said:As regards looking for Mamba in Mombasa. There are areas to 20 miles the north where they are very common. To the south less common. I am not sure where you were looking, but on sparsely populated areas like cattle ranches you will find a greater abundance. Dependant on the season they can be very hard to find, but on the first rain fall, they will be very active.
If you leave a tourniquet on for 1.5hours, you are going to have tissue damage.Ian "max" Maxwell;1379144 said:Apply 50mm ligature around the upper arm, or upper leg dependant on the position of the bite. The tourniquet should be tight enough to prevent inflow and outflow of blood.
Make a note of the time it was placed and for no longer than 1.5 hours to avoid permanent damage to the limb.
Agreed. Never use a tourniquet at all (for any wound; snakebite or other) unless the choice is between losing the limb or losing a life (usually only a battlefield choice) And leave it on until proper medical help removes it.If you leave a tourniquet on for 1.5hours, you are going to have tissue damage.
Then when you take it off, there will be all sorts of complications.
Just use a compression bandage.