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Treat Octopus Bite

Patient Care for Aquatic Life Injuries - Octopus Bite and Cone Shell Sting

  • STOP - Assess and observe the scene; Is the victim still in the water?

  • THINK - Consider your safety and form action plan; How can I further protect myself and the patient?

  • ACT - Check responsiveness and Alert EMS as appropriate


  • Perform a primary assessment and monitor the patient's Cycle of Care AB-CABS

  • Once EMS has been contacted, obtain and follow local medical control directions for field treatment before their arrival

  • Keep the patient still and at rest; Immediately place direct pressure on the wound with a sterile dressing, pad or gloved hand

  • Apply pressure immobilization over the wound and transport to the nearest medical facility