Snakebite affects the lives of thousands of people every year; seriously injuring men, women and children of all ages, and claiming lives.
Remarkably snakebite is not a disease without a treatment, but sadly many hundreds of thousands of victims go untreated every year. Snake antivenoms, which were first developed in the 1890′s, offer the potential to save many, many lives, but high costs, poor availability, and in some cases, poor quality products produced by unscrupulous manufacturer’s have eroded confidence in antivenom immunotherapy, and many governments simply put the problem in the too-hard basket.
Many snakebite sufferers are bitten by non-venomous snakes, and not all venomous snakebites cause envenomation. Therefore, it is very important to recognize the signs and symptoms of envenomation and to be well versed in optimal care to save precious lives.
FATSAL Pakistan have comprehensive snakebite first aid kits to manage snakebite patient. There are two types kits available with FATSAL Pakistan namely:
1:- Basic Snakebite First Aid Kit; &
2:- Advanced Snakebite First Aid Kit.
Neurotoxic snakes such as the cobra and krait (in Pakistan) present major challenges and are considered immediate danger to life. Their venom is fast acting and paralyses the respiratory system such that victims stop breathing and die of suffocation. The speed of action of the venom results in many doctors not being confident and equipped to treat such bites at (remote areas) site and most victims are referred to hospitals. This journey wastes precious time and many victims die during the journey due to lack of early diagnosis and/or administering first aid very late. Pakistan has a long history of snakebite cases BUT there are misconceptions concerning the level of snakebite mortality in Pakistan.
Basic Snakebite First Aid Kit:
Basic Snakebite First Aid Kit is the most suitable and effective kit for use by non-medical professionals like First Aiders, Emergency Response Team Members or even for personal use (home, campaigners, hikers etc).
This kit includes Pressure bandages, splints, adhasive tape, venom suction device (imported Extractor), pain relieving swabs, razor, anti-septic bandages and other supplies.
The per kit cost is=15,000/- PKR
If snakebite sufferers receive immediate first aid and transferred as quickly as possible to (suitable) hospital having appropriate equipment and facilities, this will surely save his/her life.
To Your Health, Safety and Prosperity,
Faisal Javed Mir & First Aid to Save a Life Pakistan
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