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  Health & Safety » First aid kits


Sawyer Venom extractor
Venom extractor 

Sawyer

Venom Extractor

For Removal of Poisons from snake bites, bee and wasp stings, mosquito bites & more

The Extractor Pump ® Vacuum was designed specifically to provide the most powerful suction available for the safe extraction of venoms and poisons. Because its Double Chamber Pump action is so powerful you will not need to use the dangerous scalpel blades or knives associated with less effective bite kits. Because it's a Pump and not a Syringe, it's easy to use with one hand. Simply select which of the four plastic cups best covers the bitten area, attach it to the pump, then a simple push of the plunger with your thumb and the Extractor Pump ® will quickly and effectively remove venoms and poisons from below your skin. By simply cleaning the cups after each use you may safely reuse the pump over and over again.

General Info
 
Item Sawyer Venom extractor
Manufacturer and catalog number Sawyer-B6B
Shipping weight 0.30 lbs
Quantity in stock 42 in stock
Price: $17.65

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Product Details
 
Venom Extractor Specifications
Weight 3.3 oz (entire package)
1.2 oz (vacuum pump and suction cups only)
Dimensions Case measures 5" x 3" 1-1/2" deep.
Includes
  • 1 vacuum pump and 4 adapters
  • 1 disposable razor
  • 2 alcohol prep pads
  • 2 sting relief pads
  • 3 band aids
  • instructions

Venom Extractor
Sawyer Venom Extractor in case in a models hand. Case measures 5" x 3" 1-1/2" deep. The vacuum pump comes with four adapters for different sized wounds (the coin in the photo is a quarter).
The Extractor is easy to use with one hand.  When the plunger is fully depressed a hole near the top of the handle allows the compressed air to escape thereby forming a vacuum.  Note in the picture to the left how the forearm skin has been drawn into the adapter by the vacuum.  It may look painful, but it doesn't hurt. The adapters come in a variety of sizes.  Though in the picture the smallest adapter does not "draw in" as much skin, it still applies the same amount of suction to the wound.

 

Excerpts from medical literature

Auerbach, PS, Donner HJ, Weiss EA.  Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine. Mosby, 2003. pg 320.

"The classic recommendation to incise and suck the wound also is controversial.  Incising the bite site across fang marks is not recommended. Mouth suction is contraindicated (Moontrail translation: do not use mouth suction).  With regard to suction, a negative-pressure device called The Extractor (Sawyer Products) may remove a clinically significant amount of venom if it is applied over the bite within 3 minutes of the bite and left in place for 30 to 60 minutes.  However, it may also promote local necrosis in the pattern of the applied suction."

Juckett G, Hancox JG.  Venonous snakebites in the United States: Management review and update.  American Family Physician 2002;65(7):1367-74,1377.

"First-aid techniques such as arterial tourniquets, application of ice, and wound incisions are ineffective and can be harmful; however, suction with a venom extractor within the first five minutes after the bite may be useful. Conservative measures, such as immobilization and lymphatic constriction bands, are now advocated until emergency care can be administered."

Forgey, WW, Ed.  Wildnerness Medical Society: Practice guidelines for wilderness emergency care.  2nd Edition.  The Globe Pequot Press, 2001.  pg 85.

"The only scientifically proven method for extracting venom from a bite site is with the Extractor device (Sawyer Products).  In animal studies, it has been demonstrated that up to 30 percent of total injected venom can be removed if the device is used within three minutes after the bite occurs."

Blackman JR, Dillon S.  Venomous snakebite: past, present, and future treatment options.  Journal of the American Board of Family Practice  1992;5(4):399-405.

"Field treatment [of a snake bite] focuses on the application of a vacuum extractor and transportation to the nearest medical facility. Although constriction band use can be helpful, tourniquets, incision and suction, and ice therapy are contraindicated."
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