Bites from the redback spider can be dangerous and even fatal if not treated properly. Treatment should include the application
Bites from the redback spider can be dangerous and even fatal if not treated properly. Treatment should include the application

Watch out for summer bities



THE Coffs Coast might have some beautiful creatures, but we also have some dangerous ones.

With temperatures on the rise, many of the more dangerous critters will be out and about and their environments will be more frequently visited by people.

The NSW Ambulance Service is offering the following facts and tips to keep you safe this sum- mer:

n The blue-ringed octopus is found in shallow reefs and tide pools, such as rocky outcrops on beach headlands, and is well-disguised when placid.

When aggravated, the octopus has vibrant blue rings.

The poison is extremely potent and can cause paralysis or even death very quickly.

In the event of a bite, you should call 000 immediately.

Keep the patient as still as possible and apply a compression bandage over the bite and entire limb.

Constantly monitor the patient's condition and commence CPR if required.

n Bluebottles and jellyfish are common on our beaches, and their sting can be extremely painful. Remove the tentacles from the skin, wash the site with cold water, and apply ice packs.

n Redback spiders are usually found under logs, rocks, bricks, in sheds and in outdoor toilets. Bites can be dangerous and even fatal if not treated promptly.

Apply a cold pack to slow the venom movement, and keep the patient as still as possible. Never apply a compression bandage.

Seek urgent medical attention or call 000 if required.

n If bitten by a snake or funnelweb spider, call 000 immediately.

Apply a firm bandage over the bite site and extend it to the end of the limb and back up to the top of the limb.

Do not apply a tourniquet, but keep the person still and splint the limb.

If safe to do so, note the markings and size of the snake or spider to help the hospital give the correct anti-venom is given.

n The sting from a barbed marine creature such as stingrays and stinging fish are painful, but rarely fatal.

Most fatalities have been due to sensitivity to the venom, or a sting to a vital organ.

In the event of a sting, you should call 000 immediately.

If the sting is in a limb or extremity, immerse the sting site in hot water.

If the sting is in the torso, do not remove the barb if embedded, but keep the patient as still as possible.

Monitor the patient and perform resuscitation if necessary.

For more information about these tips, visit the website www.ambulance.nsw.gov.au.



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