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Attack of the Snakes

A Victorian holidaymaker was bitten by a snake in the heel last night at Kingfisher Bay Resort before being airlifted to Hervey Bay Hospital by the AGL Action Rescue Helicopters.  

Flight Paramedic Mick Webster said they had been attending to another job when around 6pm a call came through that a woman was bitten by a brown coloured snake.  

Mr Webster assessed her condition.

“Her husband had administered first aid by applying a pressure bandage and immobilising her leg. Her condition was stable but needed to be monitored so we got her on board as well and departed forHerveyBayHospital” Mr Webster said.

This latest snake bite comes in the wake of two recent deadly bites.

Andrew Smith, 35, died November 22 after a deadly brown snake bit his finger while helping his neighbour remove the offending snake.

November 2, Narelle Pails, 43,  was killed after being bitten numerous time by a snake while gardening at her Wheatvale home, near Warwick.

IF YOU ARE BITTEN BY A SNAKE
DO:
* Keep still. If you don’t, the venom will spread far quicker
* Apply a pressure bandage to the area, about the same tension as a bandage for a sprain
* Call triple-0
* Wait for help, don’t go and find it
* Remember snakes are protected animals. Killing one deliberately can be punishable
DON’T:
* Wash the wound. Venom needs to be analysed before administering antivenene
* Use a tourniquet. This can cause more damage
* Cut or suck the wound. Cutting introduces venom to the bloodstream
* Drink, eat or take medication, even if you are in pain

 
 
 
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