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March 25, 2010 11:52 AM Pacific (GMT -8)

Pressure Immobilization
by Divers Alert Network

 1. Apply a broad, firm bandage over the bite as soon as possible. Keep the bitten area still.

2. The bandage should be as tight as you would apply to a sprained ankle.

3. Extend the bandages as high as possible.

4. Apply a splint to the limb.

5. Bind it firmly to as much of the limb as possible.

6. Bites on the hand or forearm.
a) Bind to elbow with bandages. b) Use splint to elbow. c) Use sling.

Caution: The pressure bandages must not occlude the circulation (the fingers/toes beyond the bandage should remain pink and with normal sensation). The bandage should be left in place until proper medical support is available.

Courtesy of Dr. Struan Sutherland

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