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Would you know what to do if you were bitten by a rattlesnake?

L.A. Times 2012/11/13 20:45:00
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A 16-year-old girl from California is lucky to be alive after being bitten at least six times by rattlesnakes. Dr. Jordan Cohen, of Sharp Grossmont Hospital, explained that when it comes to this type of injury, many of the well-known first aid techniques often used in the wilderness don't apply. He advised to get to the emergency room as soon as possible and try to stay immobile. Tourniquets and suction are not advised, he said.


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  • LayLady 2012/11/17 02:34:03
    No
    LayLady
    I hope to never get bitten by one.
  • top-shot 2012/11/15 18:54:06
    Yes
    top-shot
    i would first sit on my ass and think of y i came the f#uck out here then ill take the snake swear at it get bitten in the eye drop it and scream and think y i did that now then die a horrable death and put my hand in the air and say "y......." aaahh ahh arrrr (dead farting noise)
  • wow-really 2012/11/15 18:43:34
    Yes
    wow-really
    Let's just say for a minute, that I would be wandering about, in a desert, with no boots on, ALONE, because I was so damn worried about my telephone reception, that I did indeed fall into a pit of snakes.....
    I would probably scream like I was on fire, jumping around like a chicken with no head, and try running away, but I'd break my ankle/leg cuz of the high heels I was wearing, of course, that causes me to fall to the ground, helpless, and I'd get bit some more.. Their poisonious venom corsing through my spazzy veins causes me to swell up like Jubba the Hut, faster than I can blink my fat eye lids, rendering me incapable of moving. Alas, I'd die a slow, and very painful death... Just like in those bad horror movies, stupid characters always end up being the ones to get killed off first.. Rightfully so... ; )
  • Jo 2012/11/15 13:06:12 (edited)
  • Random 2012/11/15 11:19:37 (edited)
    No
    Random
    +1
    We don't have rattlesnakes here, but I'm almost sure that it's pretty much the same method we use here (minus the wrapping of the bite wound.)

    Do not panic, take slow deep breaths and move slowly. Panicking is a good way to get the venom to move quickly in your blood stream. You want to avoid that.

    Do not try to catch or kill the snake, wastes valuable time.

    We don't wash the wounds here, as the venom is often used for identification purposes. But I have heard that you should wash the bite of a rattlesnake.
    Basically because different species have different types of venom.

    Get to a hospital asap!

    And hopefully live to exaggerate about your near death experience to your friends, over a pint of beer. =)
  • Tommy 2012/11/15 11:19:30
    No
    Tommy
    Thankfully we don't get rattlesnakes here. I think the only snake found in Scotland is the adder and although it can bite, it is not lethal.

    adder
  • Random Tommy 2012/11/15 11:24:47 (edited)
    Random
    +1
    Can I come over there then? Over here we have about 50! lol
  • Tommy Random 2012/11/15 11:31:54
    Tommy
    +1
    Of course - however, please see my answer to the following question before you make up your mind to pack and move here.

    http://www.sodahead.com/fun/d...
  • Random Tommy 2012/11/15 11:38:41
    Random
    +1
    Yay! I don't mind winter. Scotland, here I come!
  • Tommy Random 2012/11/15 11:40:21
    Tommy
    It's not that I don't want to meet you, but would you mind doing a swap?? lol
  • Somkey the Hores 2012/11/15 10:55:19 (edited)
    Yes
    Somkey the Hores
    Not get bitten in the first place.

    Bite it back.

    It's liable to be a dry bite anyway.
  • santosh umap 2012/11/15 08:15:34
    Yes
    santosh umap
    if there was a hospital near by i would go there and ask for anti venom.
  • judge 2012/11/15 04:25:02
    Yes
    judge
    Panic, kill the snake for identification purposes if possible. Rattle Snakes Rattle Snakes
  • Groucho Marxist 2012/11/15 03:16:16
    Yes
    Groucho Marxist
    +2
    Stop pissing off rattlesnakes.
  • Ishmael 2012/11/15 02:44:09
    Yes
    Ishmael
    +2
    I've been waiting to post this clip for DECADES:



    Come! Sing the Rebel Song. Rebels are We. Born to be Free. Just like the Feesh in the Sea.
  • TooSweet Ishmael 2012/11/15 22:34:50 (edited)
    TooSweet
    Nobody likes A copy cat.
  • Ishmael TooSweet 2012/11/15 22:42:44
    Ishmael
    Didn't even SEE your post until after I'd posted mine. Hence the Great minds think Alike response.
  • BlueRepublican 2012/11/15 02:26:56
    Yes
    BlueRepublican
    +4
    Yup. I would reach for the anti-venom aka 'emergency bourbon' and call 9-1-1 :P
    jim beam
  • TooSweet 2012/11/15 00:28:37 (edited)
    Yes
    TooSweet
  • Ishmael TooSweet 2012/11/15 02:46:18
    Ishmael
    GMTA.
  • AlysVanya 2012/11/15 00:04:28
    Yes
    AlysVanya
    +3
    First i would panic then i would flip out because i HATE snakes...then i would run around in circles screaming like a Banshee and finaly i would find a nice shady place sit on the ground put my head between my legs and kiss my ass goodbye...however if there was a hospital near by i would go there and ask for anti venom.
  • Tommy AlysVanya 2012/11/15 11:20:55
    Tommy
    I do love an honest answer!
  • BigD_U.S.M."HD"Vet. 2012/11/14 23:29:49
    Yes
    BigD_U.S.M."HD"Vet.
    +1
    Get to the E-Room at a F*Ckin HOSPITAL, FAST!
  • Lucy 2012/11/14 20:21:22
    Yes
    Lucy
    +1
    I would stay still, not drink anything and slowly walk to get help.
  • Lerro DeHazel 2012/11/14 18:32:56
    Yes
    Lerro DeHazel
    +1
    Cut the rattlers off of the snake, even if it means killing him, first. Then rub the snake-bite punctures (it should be two of them side-by-side) with the Rattlers . . . You should be all right.
  • ashlee 2012/11/14 17:51:22
    Yes
    ashlee
    +1
    Yes, growing up with venomus snakes around you learn a few things here and there that enable you to survive if one bites you.
  • Tordgaard 2012/11/14 17:38:03
    Yes
    Tordgaard
    +2
    It always makes me laugh to say it but, the first rule is to try to stay calm.
    You stay as quiet and immobile as possible and get to an emergency room.
    You do NOT use a tourniquet or cut the wound and suck out the venom.
  • Amasaman 2012/11/14 17:14:45
    No
    Amasaman
    +1
    I don't live in an area where there is rattlesnakes, so I have no idea what to do. It's not something I prepare for.
  • Gloria 2012/11/14 16:41:13
    No
    Gloria
    +1
    Just guessing -
    1. Cry
    2. Die
  • Kurt 2012/11/14 16:24:20
    Yes
    Kurt
    +1
    Stay calm, make sure you don't get bite again of course. If you can kill the snake without getting bite again then kill it and bring it to the closest hospital near by for anti-venom. If can't kill it get a good look at the snake so you can tell the doctor at the hospital what the snake looked like so they can give you the right anti-venom.
  • 001 2012/11/14 15:11:12
    No
    001
    +1
    Sort of, don't you have to suck and spit out the poison?
  • Kurt 001 2012/11/14 16:25:40
    Kurt
    +1
    That is a horrible method actually. If you have any open cuts/wounds in your mouth the venom will get into it and its not worth the risk.
  • 001 Kurt 2012/11/14 21:22:28
    001
    +1
    I see. Good thing there aren't any poisonous snakes in the Netherlands or I might have been dead by now ;-)
  • Lucy 001 2012/11/14 20:19:28
  • jester 2012/11/14 15:08:24
  • santa6642 2012/11/14 15:04:35
    Yes
    santa6642
    +1
    Been trained.
  • Flamingolady 2012/11/14 15:04:09
    No
    Flamingolady
    +1
    From watching TV, I would have thought that you should cut the wound, and suck out the poison. Hopefully, this will never happen to me.
  • santa6642 Flaming... 2012/11/14 15:05:15
    santa6642
    +1
    It has to be a liberay doing the sucking.
  • Kurt Flaming... 2012/11/14 16:26:00
    Kurt
    +1
    That is a horrible method actually. If you have any open cuts/wounds in your mouth the venom will get into it and its not worth the risk.
  • Flaming... Kurt 2012/11/16 04:05:05
    Flamingolady
    I know you can't believe what you see on tv. That would have been what I thought you should do, after seeing it so many times on the old westerns. Thank goodness there is SodaHead now to set the record straight!

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