A new study has revealed that 1 in 4 Australians have no idea what to do if they suffer a snake bite, rising to 1 in 3 for Australians aged under 25.
The under-25’s were also the most likely to cause harm with common mistreatment’s: “Tourniquets, cutting and sucking are extremely dangerous and can actually exacerbate a bite,” Associate Professor Julian White, Head of Toxicology at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, said. “First aid is an immediate priority after a snake bite.”
Of over 1000 people surveyed, 90% do not pack any form of First Aid Kit when they go bushwalking or visit the beach, leaving many Australians with no knowledge, no resources – or both – when they are most at risk of being bitten and furthest from assistance.
“Too many Australians are relying on luck and chance to deal with a first aid emergency instead of having a plan and real-time access to potentially life-saving resources,” Assoc Prof White said.
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