nikolai wrote:neverclimbed32 wrote:For this reason, I always carry a compression bandage for snakebite in my hydration pack. Of course it can always be used for other first aid if required but if your HRM is saying 160bpm+ and you get bittern .............well you work it out.
Having an increased heart rate wont increase the spread of poison from a snake bite. A snake injects poison into the lymphatic system, the compression bandage works because it restricts lymph draining from the bitten muscle into the lymphatic system, and immobilisation works because it prevents the muscles from pumping the lymph around the body.
You'll still get dead pretty quick if you plan to ride out or sit and wait for an ambulance to come and pick you up if you get bitten by a snake out in the bush somewhere.
As I said above, my first aid kit is pretty light on for stuff like bandaids and tweezers. I'm all about compression bandages, triangular bandages and other stuff that's going to keep somebody alive, or help get them get to civilislation, and is hard to improvise .
 although, I did rig up a makeshift St John's sling for the dude with a busted collar bone... out of my camelback