Oklahoma Department of Mines
Title 45, Chapter 11
MAY 2012 Volume 13, Number 5
Each year, nearly 8,000 people receive poisonous snake bites in the United States. Even a bite from a so-called “harmless” snake can cause infection or allergic reaction in some people.
If a person is bitten, call for emergency assistance immediately. Responding quickly is crucial. While waiting for emergency assistance:
1. Wash the bite with soap and water;
2. Immobilize the bitten area and keep it lower than the heart;
3. Cover the area with a clean cool compress or a moist dressing;
4. Monitor vital signs.
If a victim is unable to reach medical care within 30 minutes, apply a bandage, wrapped 2 to 4 inches above the bite to help slow the venom. The bandage should be loose enough to slip a finger under it.
Many people are bitten because they try to kill or get too close to a snake “Leave’m Alone!”
Rattlesnakes, Copperheads, Water Moccasins and Coral snakes are common to Oklahoma.