SAH Treated Two People For Rattlesnake Bites Earlier This Week

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SAH Treated Two People For Rattlesnake Bites Earlier This Week

Sutter Amador Hospital treated two people for rattlesnake bites earlier this week.  According to Amador County Health Officer, Dr. Rita Kerr, “Both of those individuals were admitted to the hospital and required anti-venom treatment.”  The County Health Department has issued a warning that more rattlesnakes are out this year because of the late, wet spring and more small rodents.  Kerr says if bitten, the best thing you can do is get to the emergency room right away.  It is also important to remain calm, remove jewelry and constrictive clothing, and immobilize the limb in a level position at or below the level of the heart.  Do not cut or suck the bite area.  Do not apply ice and do not apply a tourniquet.  Fortunately Sutter Amador Hospital keeps an adequate supply of anti-venom on hand.  The anti-venom is very effective given intravenously and the average hospital stay is 1 to 2 days.  Dr. Kerr adds bite prevention is the best medicine: Never handle snakes – dead or alive.  Know the habitat where the snakes live: wood piles, brush.  Know snake habits – out more at dusk & dawn.  Keep rattlesnake enemies around: dogs, cats, guinea hens, and pigs and wear boots and long pants.  There are about 8000 venomous snake bites per year in the United States.  Most bites occur on the hand, when the person is attempting to pick up the snake or working in brush or wood piles.  Fortunately only about 5 to 6 people die from rattlesnake bites per year.

Written by KVGC Staff