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Entries filed under 'snake bites'

    Human Vs. Rattlesnake: What to Do If You Are Bitten

    fileEach year in America some 6,000 to 8,000 people report venomous snakebite injuries, most by rattlesnakes. Amazing myths persist about what one should do in such an emergency, everything from sucking out the venom (which doesn't work) to electrocuting the bite victim (which hurts and just might kill you). We at the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS have been teaching people how to handle medical emergencies for over 20 years. While we love a good, improvised traction splint as much as the ...

    Posted by Hovey WMI on July 24, 2012 12:31 PM & Tagged WMI of NOLS, Wilderness Medicine Institute, rattlesnake and snake bites | permalink | Comments

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