Allow me to explain the steps in dangerous or venomous snake bite treatment when in a survival situation and to give a few stories on the few deaths caused, like the snake pastor bitten.
Let me first say that snake bites have only accounted for four deaths in the U.S. in the last four years. This is one death a year, yet people are terrified of all snakes, not just the venomous ones. You much more of a chance of getting struck by a car while walking or getting into a car accident. In 2012, there were 34,080 deaths in automobile related accidents. Heck, 23 people died in 2013 alone from lightning strikes.
I am going to discuss the deaths first so you will see the trend of why these people died of snake bite:
Price was bitten by a rattlesnake in the right ankle while wading across a stream in Cuyamaca, CA. He stopped breathing within minutes of the bite, but must have been recovered, because he was said to have died after being airlifted to Palomar Medical Center. This guy was known to be extremely allergic to venom and that the snake was extremely large, telling by the bite marks.
Westbrook was bitten above the right elbow by a copperhead, near Chattanooga, TN, WHILE HANDLING IT and attempting to determine the snake’s sex, which is a tube that is extremely uncomfortable for the snake. He tried using a venom extraction tool, but collapsed and died. The cause was determined to be anaphylactic shock.
Wolford was bitten in the thigh because he was HANDLING a timber rattler during a religious ceremony in McDowell County, WV. He DID NOT SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION at first, but ended up later being taken to the hospital.
Coots was bitten in his right hand in Middlesboro, KY while HANDLING a rattlesnake during a church service. He REFUSED MEDICAL TREATMENT due to religious beliefs. His wife even signed the form declining treatment for her husband. He was pronounced dead about an hour after the ambulance crew left.
So, tell me what these all have in common?
Moral of the story: don’t be an idiot. What I did NOT tell you was all of the idiots that actually did survived.
Now that we realize that snake bites are not all that common, what is the typical treatment for a bite? Treatment for a venomous bite is anti-venin. Anti-venin is really just a serum of animal and/or human antibodies that can neutralize the components in the venom. Sad thing is that some people die from the anti-venon. They usually only give it when there are no other options at the hospital.
But what if you can’t get to medical treatment? What if you are remote backpacking and it will be a very long time before you will get attention? What if it was a Mad Max beyond Tunderdome, all-out, global TEOTWAWKI scenario?
Now I get to the main topic. I want to keep your chances of survival up in the unlikely event of a venomous snake bite when you cannot get to medical attention. My strategies listed here are very closely based off those written by Joseph Alton, MD, Doom and Bloom.
I hope with my arguments against the likelihood of snake bite, and being equipped with the knowledge of what to do in the worst case scenario, you would be empowered to enjoy the outdoors in the coming warmer months. Enjoy life instead of being afraid of everything. But, be vigilant, because you can avoid incident with most snakes if you just watch around for them.
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