As an Australian that immigrated here back in 2002. Before I arrived in the United States I lived a much different life than the one I have been living as an Texan these past 11 years.
Back home I had a love for any critter that was found on land or in the water that could kill you. I caught the world’s second most deadliest snake back when I was 9 years old, and yes it was longer than I was tall. I caught the bug after catching that first snake and I would spend all my summers catching many more. Back then in the late 1970's Australia developed a new form of snakebite first aid called the Pressure Immobilization Method. They found that if correctly applied it would slow the venoms passage through your lymphatic system buy you much needed time to get to the nearest hospital for treatment. Did you know that Australia has almost the same landmass as the United States? With a country that big did you know that you could travel from East - West, North to South and ask any Australian how to do first aid for snake bite and every single one of them would say the same thing. Try doing that in the United States...
Years later I immigrated to the United States and threw myself into a course of studying spanning nearly 2 years to become a Nationally Registered Paramedic in 2004. I have asked nearly all my paramedic and EMT colleagues about what they would do for snake bite and all pretty much tell me that they would provide supportive care and drive fast. So I was more than a little horrified hearing that so I did the next best thing and I started to research the World Wide Web. Being a little horrified now turned to complete disbelief. Here in the good Ol' United States we have all kinds of treatment from cheap plastic suction devices, Cut & Suck, even different forms of electricity to name a few. Thankfully I was not alone about these old wives tales, outdated first aid treatments.
In 2010 The American Red Cross and The American Heart Association unanimously stated that that the Pressure Immobilization Bandage be the only recognized first aid to be provided to any person bitten by a venomous snake. What does this mean to you?
It means that you can throw out those cheap suction devices, which remove next to no venom at all. Cut & Suck went out years ago and tourniquets are a complete no no.
The Pressure Immobilization Bandage has been a proven lifesaver for more than 40 years in Australia where we have the world’s most venomous snakes. The correct application of this first aid treatment is a sure way to save someone’s life and inhibit the terrible side effects of certain snakebites.
Each Snakebite kit comes in a pouch that can be worn on your belt, or attached to a backpack. It is small enough to throw into the trunk of your car yet big enough to hang from a hook in your barn. So it’s ready to deploy. It comes with step by step photographic instructions to even a young child can understand it.
Buy one today and be prepared!