In a medical emergency call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.
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.
All content in Sonder's Help Centre is created and published for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. Always seek the guidance of a qualified health professional. Our nurses are available 24/7 to help you find the care you need.
Information originally published by St John Ambulance Australia.