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Surge in killer snakes, spiders likely warning

WITH the continued wet and humid weather conditions creating a potential surge in venomous snake and spider activity, St John Ambulance NSW is reminding people about the importance of first aid.

St John Ambulance NSW CEO Sarah Lance says Australia has some of the most venomous snakes and spiders in the world and time is critical when it comes to venomous bites, and they should be treated as a medical emergency.
“That is why we are asking people to brush up on the signs, symptoms and – most importantly – the treatment of snake and spider bites,” she said.
More than half of deaths caused by snake bites in Australia occur in the home, and with continued wet weather conditions forcing snakes and spiders out of their natural habitat in search of drier areas, it’s expected that sightings within the home will increase.
The most important thing in the event of a snake bite is to immediately call 000.
St John Ambulance Training Manager and former Paramedic Lara Bisley says you want to stop the venom from travelling, which means as you’re waiting for the ambulance you should keep the patient still, lay them flat and wrap a bandage over the site of the bite. Follow this with a pressure bandage – starting from the fingers or toes and wrapping upwards as far as you can go.
The funnel-web spider is also a cause for concern as its lethal venom which can be fatal in just 15 minutes.
She said that having access to a first aid kit that includes a guide and items including pressure bandages is recommended in all outdoor situations according to St John. For more: stjohnnsw.com.au.