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Snake Bite Kit - Sanax Pty Ltd, Sandringham, circa 1960s Object Reg. No: HT 25021

Sanax Pty Ltd snake bite kit in red plastic vest sized pouch, Sandringham, circa 1960s.

This small portable snake bite kit has instructions for treating both snake bite and spider bite, based on the technique of using a tourniquet to limit movement of venom around the body. Traditionally, a tourniquet was applied between the bite and the heart to keep the venom away from the body's circulation. A blade was then used to cut around the bite, and the venom was washed out along with the blood, usually aided by suction.

Sanax Pty Ltd were a Melbourne company located at 223-225 Bay Rd Sandringham. Sanax made 58 different first-aid cases as well as other medical products such as Ache Tablets. Sanax were still in operation selling medical and first aid supplies in 2010 in South Australia.
Sanax Pty Ltd snakebite kit in red plastic pouch. The kit contains a length of rubber tubing, a metal clamp, a Sanax 'Quixtrap' surgical dressing in a waxed paper bag, a double ended red plastic cylinder housing a metal blade tool at one end and printed instructions for using the Sanax Snakebit and Spiderbite kit rolled up in the other, and a clipping from the Herald newspaper about snake bit treatment.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Unknown
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 15 mm (Height), 75 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: The contents of this kit are tightly folded or rolled to fit inside this plastic package.

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Tagged with: healthcare medicine, advertising, packaging, containers, first aid supplies, domestic medicine, snakes, emroline, embroline
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Medicine in Society Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Domestic Medicine
Tertiary Classification: first aid
Inscriptions: Pouch, front, gold printed text: '"Sanax" / SNAKEBITE / KIT / SANAX PTY LTD / MELBOURNE AUST.'
Manufacturer: Sanax Pty Ltd, Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, circa 1960s

A newspaper clipping accompanying this kit mentions 'The Navy Lark, a BBC show that ran from 1959 until 1975 on radio station 3DB, which was sold and changed name in 1988. This suggests that the date of manufacture and use was circa 1960s. Sanax appears to still be in operation but is now in South Australia. See http://www.sanaxmedical.com.au/
References: http://www.sanaxmedical.com.au/ accessed 3 August 2010. Note this website is still under construction so no detailed information could be accessed.


Jason Henderson Posted on 14 Aug 2012 9:15 PM
I dont believe this to be the same company as they state "Sanax Medical and First Aid Supplies have been providing professionals with top-quality medical and first aid supplies since 1977"
rae kane Posted on 18 Dec 2012 3:10 PM
I have one of these kits but the rubber tubing and the dressing is missing.
Wendy Posted on 21 Aug 2014 10:06 AM
I just got one one of these completely intact. I think it would prove more productive to throw it at a snake rather than try to use the rubber tubing as it is now rock hard. Great find though.

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