Anyone Buying This Backcountry Snake Bite Vacuum Pump Venom Extractor?
Any snake bite experts out there want to chime in on the efficacy of sucking venom out of wound? I thought it was more important not to get your heart rate up and to get medical attention ASAP but maybe having a device like the Sawyer Products B4 Extractor Pump Kit ($14.48 Amazon) in your pack if you’re traveling through snake country would be worthwhile precaution. Here’s what you get:
- Small, reusable vacuum pump helps draw venom from below your skin in 1 quick motion; pump is easy to use with 1 hand
- Kit includes Extractor pump, alcohol prep pads, adhesive bandages, sting care wipes, razor (for hair removal), and instruction manual- 2 Packs total.
“The pump has been used successfully for over 30 years as an adjunct in the treatment of snake bites and for bee sting venom removal. The pump is not a replacement for quickly seeking professional medical treatment. The victim should also be taken to a hospital for further examination and medical treatment. The Extractor Pump is also a safe and useful first aid device for treating bee and wasp stings as well as spider, scorpion, fly, or mosquito bites.
* If used immediately after bite or sting; seek medical attention if you suspect a Brown Recluse or Black Widow bite.”
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May 20, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).
SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan