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Community Education

SA Ambulance Service takes pride in its role as a community educator. As the state’s principal provider of ambulance services, SAAS staff see first-hand the impact of accidents, poor health and other medical emergencies.

SA Ambulance Service is able to impart specialised knowledge and teaching to the community.

Training

SA Ambulance Service provides a range of educational seminars (e.g. cardiac awareness) and guest speakers at special events.

For more information or to speak to one of our staff about SA Ambulance Service coming to your workplace, please contact saasenquiries@health.sa.gov.au.

Snake bite first aid

Have a snake bite plan:

  • Wear sturdy, enclosed footwear and long pants when bushwalking.
  • Look carefully before placing hands under low vegetation.
  • Carry at least two 15 cm elasticised crepe bandages when bushwalking.
  • Have a mobile phone with you and call triple zero (000) if you are bitten.
  • Know where you are so you can describe your location to SA Ambulance Service.

 Signs and symptoms of snake bite may include:

  • puncture marks, scrapes or scratches on the skin
  • nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • headache
  • double or blurred vision
  • droopy eyelids
  • shallow or absent breathing
  • swallowing or speaking difficulties
  • drowsiness
  • pain or tightness in chest or abdomen
  • limb weakness or paralysis
  • muscle tenderness.

What to do if someone is bitten by a snake:

  • Call triple zero (000) for emergency medical assistance.
  • Keep the victim calm.
  • Ensure they remain as still as possible.
  • Quickly apply a broad pressure bandage firmly over the bite site and extend the bandage to cover the entire length of the limb.
  • If an improvised bandage is used do not remove it, simply bandage over the top of it as soon as a proper bandage is available.
  • Apply a splint to further restrict movement of the limb.
  • Wait for expert medical treatment to arrive by paramedics or ambulance officers.

Do not:

  • wash, cut or suck the venom from the bite
  • walk the victim around
  • apply a tourniquet.

 

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