Rattlesnakes do inhabit the hills surrounding the Canyon. Stick to well developed trails. If you run across any snakes, keep your distance and leave them alone. If you are bitten by rattlesnake and less than one hour from the nearest emergency room, initial treatment is relatively simple:
- Try to calm the victim.
- Gently wash the area with soap and water.
- Apply a cold, wet cloth over the bite.
- Transport to the nearest emergency facility for further treatment.
What should NOT be done after a rattlesnake bite?
Several DON'Ts are very important to remember:
- DON'T apply a tourniquet.
- DON'T pack the bite area in ice.
- DON'T cut the wound with a knife or razor.
- DON'T use your mouth to suck out the venom.
- DON'T let the victim drink alcohol.
- DON'T apply electric shock.
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