Treating an Adder Bite

How to treat an adder bite

We are very fortunate in the UK that the only venomous snake is the Adder or European viper (vipera berus).  Adder bites are uncommon and only normally occur if the snake is provoked.

Do: Calm and reassure your patient
Do: Wash the surface of the wound to remove any venom left on the surface
Do: Immobilise the limb which has been bitten
Do: Transfer patent to hospital quickly, by ambulance if possible

Bites may cause significant discomfort and medical problems but death is very rare.

Do Not: Try to catch the snake
Do Not: Suck the wound
Do Not: Touch the wound
Do Not: Apply a tourniquet