Cumpston Research

Snake sighting in Northern New Mexico about average.

The Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe, NM)| July 26, 2005 2005 Byline: Staci Matlock

Jul. 26--Warning: If you get bit by a rattlesnake, don't pour alcohol on the wound, don't cut the wound and try to suck out the venom, and don't apply a tourniquet.

Those are a few of the snakebite treatments people try, but just don't work, according to Dr. Kirk Cumpston, medical director of the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center in Albuquerque. "There's a lot of myths perpetuated about how you should deal with a rattlesnake bite," Cumpston said. "People have gone so far as to use electroshock, which is just preposterous."

Don't get rattled by snakes. The Albuquerque Tribune (Albuquerque, NM)| September 17, 2004 Albuquerque Tribune. Byline: Sue Vorenberg [email protected] / 823-3678

Keep your cool this fall, and the sunning reptiles will leave you be. They're just as wary of you and will attack only if provoked or stepped on. The hills are alive with the sound of rattles. As the weather starts to cool and Albuquerqueans take to the hills for outdoor fun, they should keep one eye on the ground. Fall is when rattlesnakes are on the move soaking up rays on rocks in the day as they hunt for a nice burrow to hunker down in for the winter, said Bob Myers, director of the American International Rattlesnake Museum in Old Town. "They do start to congregate at the end of the fall," Myers said. "If you find one, that probably means you're close to a den site." Snakes won't attack unless provoked, but accidentally stepping on one can set off fight reaction, Myers said. About 50 New Mexicans are treated for rattlesnake bites each year by the University of New Mexico Poison Control Center. Last year, 52 people were bitten, said Kirk Cumpston, medical director.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Kirk wrote about the dangers of medicine cabinets in the home.

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