SMART Snake Bite Compression Bandage

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Jo-Ann Norton
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After my daughter had a dry bite 2 years ago at home walking the dog and not having a compression bandage to use before the ambulance arrived I immediately ordered a Snake kit for each car and a number of Smart snake bandages. We've recently moved house and the kids are out and about riding more often. Having them take a smart snake bandage with them gives me peace of mind. The bandages have instructions on them and are easy to follow and apply. We've never had to use one of them but I feel secure in the fact we have a number of them available

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The innovative Smart Bandage uses a clever pictogram to show users how to achieve the correct tension which is essential when applying a pressure immobilisation bandage, especially for snake bites. It also doubles as a compression bandage in your first aid kit for major wounds, sprains and strains.

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The Importance of the SMART Snake Bite Compression Bandage for Effective Snake Bite First Aid

“What happens in the first moments and minutes after a snake bite has the greatest impact on the outcome for the bite victim.”

Introduction:

Snake bites are life-threatening emergencies that demand immediate medical attention. In such critical situations, having the right first aid tools can make a significant difference in saving lives. One essential tool for snake bite first aid is the SMART Snake Bite Compression Bandage. In this article, we will explore the significance of using the SMART Snake Bite Compression Bandage, the recommended tightness for application, how it works, and the proper method of application.

  • What Bandage is Best for Snake Bite?

When it comes to snake bites, selecting the appropriate bandage is crucial. The SMART Snake Bandage, available separately or included in the SURVIVAL Snake Bite Kit, is considered the best bandage for snake bite first aid. This bandage is specifically designed to effectively treat snake bites (as well as spider bites). Made from high-quality elasticised material, it ensures secure and tight application using the printed rectangle pictogram that, when stretched to the correct tension, forms a square.

  • How Tight Should a Snake Bite Bandage Be?

The tightness of a snake bite bandage plays a critical role in the effectiveness of first aid treatment. It should be appropriately tight to impede lymphatic flow, without compromising blood circulation. When using the SMART Snake Bite Compression Bandage, it is essential to apply firm pressure over the entire affected limb. The bandage’s indicator (rectangle to square) assists in achieving the ideal tension, eliminating any guesswork and reducing the risk of improper application.

  • How Does a Snake Bite Bandage Work?

What happens in the first moments and minutes after a snake bite has the greatest impact on the outcome for the bite victim. The SMART Snake Bite Compression Bandage functions by exerting pressure on the wound site covering the entire limb. This compression helps slow down the spread of venom through the lymphatic system, preventing it from reaching vital organs. By immobilizing the affected limb and restricting the movement of venom, the bandage significantly reduces the risk of venomous effects.

  • How Do You Apply a Snake Compression Bandage?

Proper application of a snake compression bandage is crucial for effective first aid. Applying the bandage early and correctly will give the best possible outcome. Follow these step-by-step instructions when using the SMART Snake Bite Bandage:

  1. Ensure the area is safe before applying the bandage. Check that the snake or spider is not nearby.
  2. Start wrapping the bandage from the toes/fingertips. DO NOT use tension until you reach the wrist/ankle.
  3. Continue wrapping the bandage, covering the entire affected limb.
  4. Maintain steady pressure during wrapping. Overlap the bandage by 5-10mm.
  5. Secure the bandage at the end by simply tucking the end into itself.
  6. Contact Emergency Services. Dial 000 (triple zero). Apply the bandage first to stop the venom moving, then call for an Ambulance.

By following these steps and utilizing the SMART Snake Bite Compression Bandage or the SURVIVAL Snake Bite Kit, you can provide immediate and effective first aid for snake bites.

Conclusion:

Snake bites require immediate action and having the right tools can be crucial in saving lives. The SMART Snake Bite Compression Bandage, sold separately (sssafe.com.au/shop/) or included in the SURVIVAL Snake Bite Kit is an essential component of snake bite first aid. Its unique design, including the clever pictogram indicator for optimal tension, makes it the ideal choice. Remember to apply the bandage with the appropriate tension and follow the technique above for optimal results.

 “Always read the label and follow the directions for use”. Standard Precautions for infection control advise storage of the kit in a clean, dry environment that is routinely maintained (ACSQHC National Infection Control Guidelines 2010)


Testimonials

“… well planned. I felt welcomed and included on arrival.
The activities were great, particularly the snake session (preferred) –
trainers offered valuable feedback, tips and encouragement.

Great animal handling opportunities, learned new skills and
techniques…”

Georgia/Course Participant

“I feel confident handling all the animals, birds &
reptiles in the course, and the theory part has good intel to enable me to
better arm myself and others to aid animals in the best way possible, thanx.”

Karl/Course Participant

“Great delivery of training. Dramatically improved my
confidence with all aspects & each particular animal.

Really enjoyed [the] activities. I feel more competent
handling and managing fauna, particularly in line with legislation etc.

…challenging, although made me widen my perspective in an
emergency. I feel more prepared to respond in the workplace.”

Max/Course Participant

“… well planned. I felt welcomed and included on arrival.
The activities were great, particularly the snake session (preferred) –
trainers offered valuable feedback, tips and encouragement.

Great animal handling opportunities, learned new skills and
techniques…”

Georgia/Course Participant

“I feel confident handling all the animals, birds &
reptiles in the course, and the theory part has good intel to enable me to
better arm myself and others to aid animals in the best way possible, thanx.”

Karl/Course Participant

“Great delivery of training. Dramatically improved my
confidence with all aspects & each particular animal.

Really enjoyed [the] activities. I feel more competent
handling and managing fauna, particularly in line with legislation etc.

…challenging, although made me widen my perspective in an
emergency. I feel more prepared to respond in the workplace.”

Max/Course Participant

“… the one fear I have is snakes and here I am walking out
after 1 having overcome my fear of snakes but still respect them. Thank you
team.

…I feel very competent in handling all types of…animals.”

Jason/Course Participant

“I was pleased with the professionalism, encouragement &
hands-on training. Explanations were clear & concise. I now have confidence
with snakes, something I never thought would happen.

Fantastic realistic scenarios…”

Emma/Course Participant

“Exceeded expectations, everything was well explained…feel
very confident and trainers have been able to answer any questions, very
hands-on.”

Kirby/Course Participant

“… the one fear I have is snakes and here I am walking out
after 1 having overcome my fear of snakes but still respect them. Thank you
team.

…I feel very competent in handling all types of…animals.”

Jason/Course Participant

“I was pleased with the professionalism, encouragement &
hands-on training. Explanations were clear & concise. I now have confidence
with snakes, something I never thought would happen.

Fantastic realistic scenarios…”

Emma/Course Participant

“Exceeded expectations, everything was well explained…feel
very confident and trainers have been able to answer any questions, very
hands-on.”

Kirby/Course Participant