Fast Five Quiz: Snakebite Facts vs Fiction

Richard H. Sinert, DO


July 12, 2021

Myths about various prehospital reactions to snakebites are common. These include removal of venom using a device or oral suction, cutting into the wound, packing the wound in ice, applying a tourniquet to an affected limb, and consuming alcohol. None of these are recommended. Conservative management, such as calming the patient and immobilizing the victim and injured area (at the level of the heart), has demonstrated benefit.

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