[googlefont font=”Oswald” size=”32px” margin=”0px 0 10px 0″]First Aid Guide to Spider Bites and Scorpion Stings[/googlefont]
Having spent years working with scorpions at some of the most remote places in Africa, I understand the importance of doing the right thing in an emergency. I deal with numerous medical emergency responses from lodges, organisations, medical professionals and the general public. I know what is biting or stinging who, in which areas and what times of the year.
This first Aid guide links spider and scorpion biology, natural history, medical science and common sense. It will give you the ability to measure and understand the seriousness of a bite or sting when and where it happens. More importantly it gives you the tools to take the next step and act responsibly and quickly.
Identification of the culprit is often key to the treatment of spider bites and scorpion stings. Most people have difficulty in identifying a spider or scorpion even to the most basic group. I’ve included physical characteristics, lifestyles as well as egg sacs that will help you reach a positive identification of the culprit.
In case the culprit is not seen, I’ve included the characteristic symptoms of the various spiders at different time frames. Many scorpion stings need very little medical attention, others require urgent medical attention. Using the symptoms as a guide, the decision to seek professional medical help can be made and acted upon.
The accompanying course is accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa, and endorsed by the National Occupational Safety Association (NOSA).