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What should I do if I get bitten by a snake?

First, get far enough away from the snake so it cannot attack you again.

Second, call 911 and get help. If this is not possible, move to an area where you can call or have someone drive you to the hospital.

Third, do not elevate the injury. Keep it below the level of the heart. (This answer provided for NATA by the California University of Pennsylvania Athletic Training Education Program.)

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