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Snake Bite Kit - Wood, circa 1980 Document Reg. No: HT 3237

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.
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.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from CSL Ltd (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories), 2004
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1.50 cm (Width), 7.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: anti-venoms, laboratory apparatus equipment, snakes
Themes this item is part of: Medicine in Society Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, CSL (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories) Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: First Aid
Tertiary Classification: kits
User: CSL Ltd (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories), Parkville, Victoria, Australia, circa 1980


Ben Cullen Posted on 06 Nov 2011 9:19 PM
We have one like this except the two ends screw off on wooden threads. I know it come into our family circa 1970. The non-blade end contained potash that was supposed to help extract the poison.

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