Talk:Rattlesnake

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if and only if[edit]

If (and only if) the victim is more than an hour away from a medical facility, place a lightly constricting band (that admits one finger beneath it) above the bitten area to prevent the systemic spread of the venom.

This line needs to be changed to reflect the intended meaning of "If (and only if)". As it is now it means that if you have placed a lightly constricting band around the wound, the victim is more than an hour away from a medical facility. But I'm sure it's meant to mean that you should not use a band if you are an hour or less away from a medical facility.

It would also be nice to know why you shouldn't if you're nearby to a medical facility, I assume it's because it wouldn't be worth the time spent, but I can't read the citation so I don't know the reason. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 208.53.116.254 (talk) 09:33, 26 April 2015‎ (UTC)

It's correct as written. You're parsing it as the formal logic operator iff, which is not applicable in the context of this article, and in any event is not applicable when the subject clause of the condition ("place a lightly constricting band...") is an imperative clause rather than a declaratory clause. TJRC (talk) 16:02, 26 April 2015 (UTCbe carefull)
So, what is wrong with changing it? There may be more than one way to make it correct as written, and some of them may cause less confusion. SlowJog (talk) 15:32, 6 June 2015 (UTC)

Snake Bite[edit]

Alot of garbage nonsense for snakebite treatment here...

If you're struck by any of these animals, wrap the wound, elevate the limb over the level of the heart (if applicable), and seek medical assistance *immediately*. That's it. Don't cut, suck, or anything else.

If you're in the US where private, for profit health care is norm, I hope you have really good insurance, because you'll probably require 20-30 vials of antivenin at a cost of ~2500 per vial, not counting all the ancillary expenses associated with a normal hospital visit (ie. - US $800 acetominophen tablets, etc. from the hospital)

Bottom line, an envenomation will probably **bankrupt you**. You'll be making payments to the private, for profit hospital for the rest of your existence on this planet.

Good luck. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.51.217.118 (talk) 00:18, 16 October 2015 (UTC)

An unclear grammar.[edit]

In the "Effect of bites on humans" section, the sentence beginning with "A lack of burning pain and edema" is unclear.

Does it mean "A lack of burning pain and a lack of edema", or does it mean "An edema but a lack of burning pain".