Last night, Huntsville Memorial Hospital sponsored a Snake Bite Seminar at the Walker County Storm Shelter. A large crowd was in attendance.
Everything you ever wanted to know about snakes was made available to the public, including demonstrations with live snakes and helpful advice on dealing with snake bites.
SHSU professor and herpetologist, Dr. Bill Lutterschmidt, was on hand to give advice on what to do in case you have an encounter with a venomous snake . . . .
Dr. Lutterschmidt also advised, if there is no I-phone available, not to waste time running to fetch one from far away. Seek medical care as soon as possible. Find if there is someone nearby who can assist you. Call 9-1-1 to inform the hospital that you are on your way. Evaluate your best options for quick and safe medical attention. Do not rush—drive safely to hospital.
Absolute “Do Not’s” include:
–Do not cut an “X” over the snakebite and let the wound bleed. It can cause more damage.
–Do not attempt to suck out the venom with your mouth.
–Do not drink anything except water.
–Do not take any medications or attempt any local “myths.”
Finally, leave treatment and care to the experts.