Researchers have recently demonstrated the effectiveness of an ointment in the First Aid treatment of a snakebite. ABC Science report, that a team from The University of Newcastle found that the application of an ointment to a snake bite, may improve a casualty’s survival rate, by up to one and a half times.
The ointment, a topical solution that releases nitric oxide (NO), slows down the travel of the venom through the casualty’s body. In the treatment of snake bites, time is often critical. The use of such an oinment may provide snake bite victims more time to obtain medical care and appropriate anti-venom treatment if required. The researchers are optimistic about the future potential of such an ointment in the First Aid treatment of snake bites.