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Does a Tourniquet Help with Snakebite?

Hey there, adventure seekers!

You probably know that bandages make a difference in slowing down venom from a snake bite,

But why not use a torniquet? After all it cuts off the bloodstream? In fact, You might have heard that applying a tourniquet can help stop the spread of venom, but we’re here to tell you that this is not the case. In fact, using a tourniquet can actually do more harm than good.

So, why is a tourniquet a bad idea for snakebites? Well, when you cut off blood flow to a limb with a tourniquet, the cells in that area begin to die due to lack of oxygen. This means that the tissue in the affected limb becomes even more susceptible to the damaging effects of the snake venom. In the past, many people who used tourniquets to treat snakebites ended up with disfigured or badly damaged limbs as a result.

But if a tourniquet isn’t the answer, what is? The key to effective snakebite treatment is something called the pressure immobilisation technique. This involves applying firm, even pressure to the affected limb using a compression bandage, and then immobilising the limb to prevent the spread of venom. By doing this, you can slow down the absorption of venom into the lymphatic system, which is how it spreads throughout the body.

Fun fact: did you know that snake venom actually enters the body through the lymphatic system, not the bloodstream? This is why the pressure immobilisation technique is so effective – it targets the specific system that the venom uses to spread.

If you want to learn more about the pressure immobilisation technique and other aspects of snakebite first aid, be sure to check out our Snakebite First Aid Hub. We’ve got plenty of resources and information to help you stay safe and prepared in the event of a snakebite.

In conclusion, while it might be tempting to reach for a tourniquet in a snakebite emergency, this is actually one of the worst things you can do. Instead, focus on applying firm pressure to the affected limb and immobilising it to prevent the spread of venom. And of course, always seek professional medical attention as soon as possible after a snakebite. With the right knowledge and techniques, you can help ensure the best possible outcome in a snakebite situation.

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