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Snake bite victim recovering, thanks to quick thinking from Colorado Springs doctor

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Emergency Physician Chris Layton has seen a lot on--and off--the job, during his almost 12 year stint at Penrose Hospital, in Colorado Springs.

"I've had people dislocate their shoulders skiing and relocated them on the side of the hill--and that type of thing.  But this was the most dramatic situation with a very sick patient."

He had planned on going mountain biking in Ute Valley Park earlier this week-- but instead came upon emergency vehicles and a woman who had been bit by a rattlesnake, while walking her dog.

"You could tell she was in pain," Layton recalled.

"She was confused and somewhat delirious."

He says witnesses did the right thing by calling 911 right away.

Paramedics were already on scene... when Layton stepped in to offer what Penrose Hospital described as "critical medical attention."

Layton was a bit more modest as he recalled what happened.

"They had already established one IV.  I suggested a second--giving her IV fluids, as well as starting a blood pressure support medication just to get her blood pressure up to a safer range," he told News5.

He also called ahead to Penrose, to make sure the antivenom would be ready by the time she was airlifted there.

Layton says witnesses and emergency responders did exactly what you should do in this type of situation.

"The kicker with most of these folks is time," he explained.

"If there's anyone with you--this would be probably the one time I would tell folks to send somebody to get help if they don't have cell coverage."

The woman, who suffered the snake bite, has since been moved out of the ICU--and we're told she's up and moving around.

A couple tips if this happens to you or a friend:

*Call 911 immediately, if possible

*try not to exert yourself, and get that part of your body elevated as soon as possible

*you've probably seen this trick in movies, where someone sucks the poison out--Layton says don't do it!  He tells us it's not effective and it doesn't remove any significant amount of venom. 

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