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Treat Scorpion Stings

First Aid treatment guide for scorpion sting injuries.


PatientPatient Care; Scorpion Sting

  • STOP - Assess and observe the scene; Is the venomous creature nearby?

  • NOTE: Some scorpions may bite more than once; Protect yourself and treat all scorpion stings as potentially lethal

  • THINK - Consider your safety and form action plan; Can it reach me or the patient?

  • ACT - Check responsiveness and Alert EMS as appropriate


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

  • If the patient shows signs of severe allergic reaction, treat appropriately

  • Once EMS has been contacted, obtain and follow local medical control directions for field treatment prior to their arrival; Keep the patient still and at rest

  • Depending on the directions from EMS

  • clean the bite area with soap and water or rubbing alcohol

  • apply a cold compress to the area and elevate, or apply pressure immobilization

  • Transport the patient to a medical facility as antivenin exists for some spiders