As we read in amazement of the death of fellow snake catcher in Rockhampton Wayne Cameron, we are again reminded of what correct first aid can do.
Wayne was bitten while he was removing a Coastal Taipan on a typical snake callout last week. His correctly applied first aid meant that when the hospital tested his blood, it came back negative for venom. His training had worked! (Would yours?)
So ,how did he die? Read this article as to what happened next.
Would you or your staff know what to do in this situation?
This is a very common talking point at our training courses and Julian spends a fair bit of time on it because even though a snake may have a large amount of venom or a high toxicity of venom, it doesn't mean it is the most dangerous species in Australia. Let's look at why.
I'll start with the meaning of 'dangerous'. Google tells me dangerous means "able or likely to cause harm". So, the most dangerous would mean the most likely to cause harm. 'Venomous', on the other hand, means, "capable of injecting venom', so we can assume that the most venomous means 'capable of injecting the mosttoxic venom'.