First Aid Fact – Bites & Stings

Most insect bites and stings are relatively harmless – but some spiders, snakes and sea creatures can be very dangerous.

Here is a fact sheet that includes advice on basic first aid procedures for common bites and stings only.

Things to remember

  • In most cases, firmly bandage the site of the wound and keep the person still.
  • Don’t use tourniquets, cut the puncture site or try to suck out the venom.
  • In the case of ticks, don’t try to kill the tick before removal as this may cause it to inject more poison.
  • Always seek medical advice as quickly as you can.

Download a PDF version of the St John Bites and Stings Quick Guide.