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How to survive a snakebite in the wilderness

How to survive a snakebite in the wilderness

Have you ever wondered what you should do if you are bitten by a snake in the backcountry far from medical care? This is a question that comes up frequently enough that we decided to put together a post to answer it. Pretty much everything that is “common knowledge” about snakebite first aid, including the use of tourniquets or venom extractors, is either completely ineffective or potentially dangerous. The only definitive treatment for a serious snake envenomation is the appropriate antivenom, but that doesn’t mean that there is nothing you can do in the meantime. In this post we will provide you with medically sound advice written by snakebite experts detailing what to do if you are bitten by a snake in the wilderness far from medical care so you can make it to the hospital alive and receive the necessary antivenom treatment. Read this post for some information that could potentially save your life, or the life of a loved one, if a snakebite occurs hours or days away from the nearest hospital.