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Wilderness: Blue-Ringed Octopus Bite (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Assistance

A victim of a blue-ringed octopus bite needs medical assistance as soon as possible.

  • Seek hospital treatment as quickly as possible.
  • The victim will often need intensive supportive care, usually involving endotracheal intubation (inserting a tube down the trachea) and mechanical ventilation.
  • Do not handle or carry a blue-ringed octopus.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/7/2016
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