Pocket-sized snake bite kit, used for treatment of snake bite by cutting the bite area and allowing blood and venom to be sucked out. traditionally a tourniquet was applied between the bite and the heart to keep the venom away from the circulation. A blade was then used to cut around the bite, and the venom was washed out with the blood, usually aided by suction. The Australian kits (wooden and yellow plastic) supply antiseptic and blade. Used by Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL) Limited , Parkville, Victoria.

Physical Description

A cylindrical wooden case in three sections, the end two are removable and hollow. One end forms a sleeve around a short knife blade. The other end is empty, and possibly contained twine for a tourniquet or a vial of antiseptic.


Example of equipment used at CSL for antivenom work

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