"Respect Snakes .... stay on the paths!" Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument Warnings Or Dangers Tip by kymbanm

  OOOOOhhhhhh, a SNAKE!!!
by kymbanm

When wandering more rural areas of New Mexico, you'll have the opportunity to come across various forms of wildlife - mostly harmless, but occassionally harmful.

You'll see signs instructiong you to remain on the paths to respect the privacy of the local snakes ..... HELLO!!! Snakes don't READ! But fortunately, they do tend to avoid areas of food traffic, and our wanderings interrupt their naps. Therefore staying on the path is helpful and bushwacking is highly discouraged.

The following information on firstaid for snakebites was obtained from the University of Maryland Medical Center website:

How are snake bites treated?
Call for emergency assistance immediately if someone has been bitten by a snake. Responding quickly in this type of emergency is crucial.

While waiting for emergency assistance:
Wash the bite with soap and water.
Immobilize the bitten area and keep it lower than the heart.
Cover the area with a clean, cool compress or a moist dressing to minimize swelling and discomfort.
Monitor vital signs.

If a victim is unable to reach medical care within 30 minutes, the American Red Cross recommends:
Apply a bandage, wrapped two to four inches above the bite, to help slow the venom. This should not cut off the flow of blood from a vein or artery - the band should be loose enough to slip a finger under it.

A suction device can be placed over the bite to help draw venom out of the wound without making cuts. These devices are often included in commercial snake bite kits.

Once a medical facility is reached, the medical team will need to know animal and drug allergies, as well as the type of snake. This is where a cool head is helpful, as you can obtain this information (or provide it to someone else) in an emergency. If you don't know the type of snake, describe it - most local caregivers know their local flora and fauna well enough to figure it our from there :)

Website: http://www.umm.edu/non_trauma/snake.htm

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  • Written Jul 20, 2005
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