posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 05:37 PM
The "sucker" thingy is a gimick. Good resources for wilderness medicine/treatments are the WMI or WMA websites. Look them up, they will give some
WMA fact check
1. Is there any benefit to the "cut-and-suck" method or should we get rid of it altogether?
2. What is your professional opinion on the effectiveness of suction devices?
3. Should a responder apply a tourniquet to a snake bite victim?
4. Should a coldpack be applied to a snake bite victim?
5. Is marking the edge of the bite to track the swelling helpful to medical personnel?
1. No, none. In fact, it could result in an infection, impair healing and the cut could cause an unintended injury.
2. Useless. A nice study done a few years ago demonstrated their lack of efficacy. Their reputation was based on hype and not science.
3.Never a tourniquet. For some with neurotoxins, especially the most potent ones found outside of NA, [North America] a compression wrap may be
4. It will not help and could cause more injury.
5. Yes, it could be.
WMI (Australia) PDF
WMI australia, snake bite
[edit on 2-1-2010 by LadySkadi]