New FREE App launched covering the essentials of everyhting first aid for snakebite emergencies.


First aid for snakebites can be problematic, largely because of all the myths and incorrect or outdated information that do the rounds. While sound advice is given in many books and publications, few people have access to these resources when the need arises.

In light of the above, internationally renowned herpetologist and author Johan Marais of the African Snakebite Institute put together a FREE App that covers the essentials of first aid treatment for snakebite.

“The African Snakebite Institute is the leading training provider of Snake Awareness, First Aid for Snakebites, and Venomous Snake Handling courses in Africa, as well as the largest distributor of high-quality snake handling equipment on the continent.”

The advice is concise, accurate and simple to follow and understand. It also includes emergency contact numbers for snakebite incidences. The medical treatment of a snakebite is also covered and gives medical doctors quick and easy access to the published snakebite treatment protocols. These publications cover the diagnosis and treatment of snakebite including the use of antivenom.

For unwanted snakes in houses, gardens and business premises the App lists over 450 snake removers country wide and divided into specific areas. To search and find a snake remover in your area is incredibly simple. Should anyone encounter a snake and need it identified, a feature allows anyone to quickly submit a photograph for positive identification.

The App also has snake profiles of common snakes in Southern Africa – each profile has four colour photographs, a distribution map and a short section on a snake species to assist with identification.

This free App had over 2000 downloads in the first 48 hours. To download the App, click here.

African Snakebite Institute

Sources: African Snakebite Institute
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