Snake bite compression bandages

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There's a couple of topics on this already, but not entirely current.

At the recent WA meet, we saw a couple of examples of the patterned type that assist with getting the correct wrapping pressure on a limb.

However, I cannot recall the names or suppliers.

I have found this kit https://www.survivalfirstaidkits.net.au/snake-bite-kit, but if others would like to step in and advise on other brands and suppliers, that would be most helpful!
 

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I have these, https://tacmedaustralia.com.au/collections/bandages-dressings/products/snake-bite-bandage

As well as these, https://store.independenceaustralia.com/wound-care/compression-aids/compression-bandages/setopress-bandage-10cmx3-5mtr.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIg8X0marg4AIVVxmPCh0TCwckEAAYASAAEgLJmPD_BwE

Both are good and long enough for a lower limb.

Some I have vacuum packed with some tape, which reduces the bulk a bit. Don't vacuum pack them with a skin marker; I learnt the hard way.

You don't need cleaning wipes that are included in some kits, as you should not make any attempt to clean the wound as that will interfere with the swab they will take for venom testing.
 

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I've just seen these https://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/buy/90006/snake-bite-bandage-10cm-x-10-5m?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIw6CwvKvg4AIVz4yPCh0PIA1-EAQYAiABEgInCvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

They are probably just as good/identical to the Setopress, and at $7.99 you could get several for car/ute/pack etc.

On eBay same bandages in pairs (have to be really unlucky or doing an Indiana Jones) https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/2-x-Premium-Snake-Bite-Bandage-with-compression-indicator-10cm-x-4-5m/254122548917?epid=3026516426&hash=item3b2ae25eb5:g:4RgAAOSwofdbZEsn
 
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I have the smart bandages and recommend them. The print helps to get the right pressure and not tourniquet the limb. As an advance wilderness life support instructor I use these in all training I do.
 

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I've just seen these https://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/buy/90006/snake-bite-bandage-10cm-x-10-5m?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIw6CwvKvg4AIVz4yPCh0PIA1-EAQYAiABEgInCvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

They are probably just as good/identical to the Setopress, and at $7.99 you could get several for car/ute/pack etc.

On eBay same bandages in pairs (have to be really unlucky or doing an Indiana Jones) https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/2-x-Premium-Snake-Bite-Bandage-with-compression-indicator-10cm-x-4-5m/254122548917?epid=3026516426&hash=item3b2ae25eb5:g:4RgAAOSwofdbZEsn
the first link - the bandage doesn't have the pattern to guide you. So it's up to your judgement during application and then having to observe colour and condition of toes / fingers. The nice things about the setopress is it takes the guess work out, and there are visual guides for two different compressions. Extending the bandage till brown rectangles turn to squares is 40mm hg, when the green rectangles turn into squares it's 30mm hg. 40 is more pressure than 30 - I think it's just how far down that pressure will push mercury (Hg). You want the higher pressure for snake bite, lower pressure for sprains etc. I think these bandages were originally designed for venous leg ulcers. For those of us who rarely practice first aid, having this visual guide should put us in the ball park of correct tension / pressure. It's a small thing, but if we rarely deal with medical emergencies, the KISS principal might compensate a bit for our lack of experience, and heightened stress levels where we're likely to make mistakes or forget something. The other great thing about these is the length - often one bandage is enough for a limb. This is one of the reasons why I carry one - I've never used a bandage yet for all the outdoor activities I do (mtb, bushwalking, off road motorbike etc all at a reasonably adventurous level) - it's not much weight or space. One of these is equal to two of the basic ones. They also tend not to slip down apparently.

If you're reasonably serious, a proper tournique would be good too. This is squeamish territory for me and gives me the willies just thinking about it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZgw0rY1408

Just looked at it again - it pays to have good mates when doing these things :)
 
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I think a long bandage and a triangular bandage are useful to have in your FAK.
@ Randall
Tourniquets are less likely to be needed by civilian non surfers! But if you are an off-road biker you might consider one, but have a read of this https://www.trauma-news.com/2017/09/stop-bleed-8-pitfalls-avoid-hemorrhage-control/ or watch this
https://youtu.be/1s7o7GTmOuo (You don't need to watch the whole thing, just scrub along for the various highlighted bits)

Direct pressure for 15 minutes before having a peek to see if it has stopped will work for a lot of cases.

Tourniquets are now "back in fashion" and using one is a life saving, although potentially limb losing technique for major blood loss.

The injury in that video is awkward one to control.
 
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