Learn on this page what injuries you need to use a pressure bandage for:  Though these are the most serious bites and stings they are also the least likely if one is aware of what to avoid.  

  • For any venomous snake bite (including SEA SNAKES)

  • Blue-Ringed Octopus bite

  • or a Cone Shell sting.



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How to apply a pressure bandage.  

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Cone Shells

Though pretty and tempting, all are venomous.  The ability for the proboscis (dart) mechanism of this snail to penetrate clothing is said to be quite impressive.  The sting is neurotoxic: weakness, lack of coordination, visual and speech disturbances may occur.  Pressure immobilisation first aid should be applied.  Assisted ventilation may be required.  

Blue-Ringed Octopus

Though not much bigger than an adult's fingernail this little octopus can give a painless sting that can lead to collapse on or near the beach shortly after sting.  Early signs of systemic envenomation are:  droopy eyelids, blurred vision, and difficulty swallowing.  Apply a pressure bandage.  Immobilize.  Start CPR if indicated.  Evacuate.  

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NEVER let the victim walk.

If medivac is indicated:


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