Categories: General Date: Jan 31, 2018 Title: Community Advice - Snake Bite
In November 2017, the Alpine Health Medical Consultative Committee conducted a review of Alpine Health procedures regarding the management of patients presenting to Urgent Care with a snake bite or suspected snake bite.
From the review, it was recommended that Alpine Health stock anti venom at all three Alpine Health Urgent Care sites.
The Victorian Department of Health has published comprehensive guidelines regarding the emergency management of snakebite. In cases of suspected snakebite, these guidelines require monitoring of the victim at a hospital with access to on-site pathology and critical care facilities. This means that persons presenting to Alpine Health with a possible snake bite will routinely require transfer by ambulance to a regional base hospital for further testing and monitoring.
In an emergency situation, and after consultation with an expert Clinical Toxicologist, Alpine Health clinicians now have the capacity to administer anti venom to a snake bite victim prior to transfer to a regional base hospital.
Dr. Jeff Robinson (Alpine Health, Director of Medical Services) recommends that all community members follow the advice from the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning (DELWP) with regards to living in an area with snakes:
Immediate first aid for a snake bite can be life-saving and requires pressure-immobilization using a compression bandage and a splint. Identification of the snake is NOT required and no attempt should be made to apprehend the snake.
Alpine Institute, Alpine Health’s Registered Training Organisation (TOID 22575) conducts First Aid & CPR training across Bright, Myrtleford, and Mt Beauty on a monthly rotating basis. For next available training dates, visit Alpine Institute Training Dates.
Snake Bite Patient Fact Sheet
Management flowchart and clinical pathways for suspected and snakebite envenomation
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)