Bat bites and scratches
What to do in the event of a bat bite.
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In a medical emergency call an ambulance โ€” dial 000 in Australia or 111 in New Zealand.

The DRSABCD Action Plan is the first step when providing first aid. Use this to assess the immediate situation. DRSABCD Danger > Response > Send for help > Airway > Breathing > CPR > Defibrillation.

What to do
Anyone either bitten or scratched by a bat should IMMEDIATELY:
1. Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water
2. Seek medical aid, regardless of the site or severity of the wound.

A protective vaccine can be administered even after the bite.

In Australia, flying foxes or other bats may carry lyssavirus* which is potentially fatal. These animals must never be handled by people who are not trained to handle wildlife, even if the animal is injured.

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Information originally published by St John Ambulance Australia.

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