Blue Ringed Octopus Deadly Bite
The Blue Ringed Octopus is mainly found in the Indo Pacific Ocean countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, Indonesia, Fiji and Japan.
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Blue Ringed Octopus Bite Symptoms
- Progressive breathing failure can occur within 10 minutes
- Small, painless bite which may become red and swollen (like a blood blister)
- Numbness (initially around the mouth and neck)
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Visual disturbances
- Difficulty swallowing
- Droopy eyelids
- Difficulty breathing
Blue Ringed Octopus Bite Treatment
- Apply resuscitation as required
- Use Pressure Immobilization Techniques
- Keep the diver still, quiet and reassured; do not let them walk
- Seek urgent medical aid
- Monitor consciousness, airway, and breathing
Special Considerations for Blue Ringed Octopus Bite
If CPR is required, it must be maintained until the diver begins to breathe (which could take some hours).
The pressure bandage must not occlude the circulation; the finger/toes beyond the bandage should remain pink with normal sensation; the bandage should be left in place until proper medical support is available.
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