News

Snake bites on the rise in region as weather heats up

QUEENSLAND Ambulance Service is warning Ipswich residents to remain vigilant after two people were bitten by snakes in just 24 hours.

Paramedic Alex Thompson said the Ipswich and West Moreton region received the third highest number of call-outs to snake bite incidents in Queensland this year.

He said the state was home to some of the world's most venomous snakes including the red-bellied black and the eastern brown.

"What we are seeing now are people in country areas disturbing snakes in their habitat now that it is warmer. That is why there has been a slight increase within our area," he said.

"Brown snakes, black snakes, red-bellied blacks and taipans are the most common you'll see in Queensland and they are most likely to hide in long grass and overgrown areas.

"Symptoms of a snake bite are vomiting, dizziness and lethargy," he said.

STAY CALM: Queensland Ambulance Critical Care Paramedics Adrian Gielis (left) and Alex Thompson demonstrate how to correctly treat a snake bite injury.
STAY CALM: Queensland Ambulance Critical Care Paramedics Adrian Gielis (left) and Alex Thompson demonstrate how to correctly treat a snake bite injury. David Nielsen

"Often people will think there will be two puncture marks but often it is just a graze or a red mark."

Mr Thompson said elderly patients and young children were the most at risk of dying after being bitten by a snake.

"There are two extremes that we are seeing. Older people working in their gardens disturbing wood or debris and kids on school holidays coming in contact with snakes," he said.

"The thing with snake venom is it causes your blood not to clot, so that causes problems with medication.

"The reason young children are at risk is they cannot tell us what has happened.

The first sign we might notice is that the child has become unconscious."

The Redbank paramedic said, although prevention was better than treating an injury, people needed to know what to do in the event of a snake bite.

"The most important thing to remember if you are bitten by a snake is not to wash the bite so that the type of snake can be discovered," he said.

"Tourniquets do not work. Patients need to wrap a compression bandage around the area and call for help."

Mr Thompson encouraged members of the Ipswich community to keep an eye on young children and pets, while outside.

He said residents needed to take extra care between November and March when snakes were at their most active.

What to do:

  • Call for help
  • Don't panic
  • Sit the patient down
  • Apply a pressure immobilisation band
  • Splint the limb

Topics:  ambulance service ipswich queensland snake bites



Make the pledge to stay alive today

SAFETY MESSAGE: Promoting Fatality Free Friday in Ipswich are (from left) Ipswich City Council active transport officer Caitlin Boyd, Senior Constable, Kerrin Sheedy, Sandra Spelleken and Michael Coulson from TMR.

Ipswich embraces Fatality Free Friday

Springfield group warned over button battery balloon release

The State Government will not prosecute ICON Community Inc over the New Year's Eve balloon release.

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection issues warning

UPDATE: Bank reveals no job losses despite branch closure

CLOSED FOR BUSINESS.

Not enough physical customers to keep doors open

Local Partners

I was just screaming 'my baby is in the car'

Anne-Marie Priggins could have never predicted the gut-wrenching circumstances that would unfold.


Your gig guide to a great night out in Ipswich

THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT: Don't miss out on the offerings from the top spots in town.

The latest on the live music scene across the city

Paddinton Bear is coming to Ipswich

IN TOWN: Annette Kitching plays the part of Paddington Bear in The Cute Little Bear From Peru at the Incinerator Theatre.

FAVOURITE children's character set to delight in new show

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Shannon Noll: What I don't like about The Voice

Australian Idol veteran talks reality TV during 35-date Aussie tour

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

MASTERCHEF: David Thompson Thai test for Ipswich cook Nicole

Willowbank's Nicole Stevenson is a contestant on MasterChef Australia. Supplied by Channel 10.

"I love how he's being so true to the cuisine"

Lyn's knock-out show gets her to next round on The Voice

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS: Lyn Bowtell is through to the battle rounds on The Voice.

'It was bitter sweet to win like that'

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

'Ridiculous': Council refuses renovation at heritage home

NOT FAIR: Karen Solomon of Newtown is angry with Ipswich City Council for refusing her plans to build a colonial style double car port at her Newtown home.

Council rejected development application

Council refusal of 'high density' development ends in court

Ipswich City Council first meeting with the new 2016 council.

Developer took the matter to the Queensland Planning Court

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!