Even though only about 15 out of the 8,000 annual bites end up as a fatality, there are many things you can do to avoid becoming one of those unfortunate 15 people in these statistics.
The golden rule that every wilderness traveler should remember: Don’t put your hands and feet where you can’t see. Most rattlesnakebites occur on the extremities as you are gathering firewood or stepping over a downed log or rock pile. If you still get nailed by a venomous snake, your best remedy is your car keys, as in don’t waste time on folk remedies or snakebite kits. Time=Tissue. Use good wound care management by flushing the bite site with water, covering the wound with a bandage and keep calm as you quickly get to the nearest hospital. Call ahead to let them know you have a snakebite victim so they can be prepared. You don’t need to capture the snake or waste time trying to photograph it as some older survival manualsrecommend.
The reason you want to avoid snakebite kits is because they do more harm than good by pooling the venom in one area. Not only did he not get a single drop of venom out but the suction devices did more damage by concentrating the venom in one region of tissue than if it had been allowed to disperse. Snakebite kits, tourniquets, pressure wraps, or applying ice will only increase the tissue destruction.
If you are in a remote region days from help or a soldier who may be deployed without immediate evacuation then most researchers recommend sticking to good wound care management, treating for shock and avoiding constant movement. With so few fatalities in the U.S., statistics on our side and hopefully the bite you received was a dry one. Children are at greatest risk with venomous creatures (snakes, scorpions, bees, and spiders) because they have a smaller body mass to absorb the toxin