Hikers and Trail Users Should Be Aware of Rattlesnake Danger

Written by on June 5, 2019

As warmer weather invites residents into the outdoors for adventure and walks along the many trails the Big Horn Basin has to offer — there looms a threat — rattlesnakes.
Snakes are also looking for a warm up after a cool and wet spring. The public is encouraged to be informed on what to do and not do in case of a snake bite.
An article in the Thermopolis Independent Record indicated that Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital and Washakie Medical Center partner in exchanging antivenin if either facility has it on hand. Per the article, there is a 24-hour supply — or about 18 vials in the pharmacy at HSCMH.
If you are out and bitten — the first goal is to get away from the snake — move off 20 feet. A snake that feels threatened may strike again. Next — get to a physician or emergency medical facility as quickly as possible.
A few do nots along the way also. Do not maneuver the area of the bite above the heart — this can cause the venom to move to the heart quicker, do not cut the wound or try to suck out the poison — both methods could cause infection or worse. As well both are ineffective. Do not apply a tourniquet or submerge the wound in water or ice — that can threaten the tissue


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