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Simple and effective dressing
on 24 November 2011
These items are well known and sometimes dubbed 'Israeli bandages'. They were apparently developed for the Israeli military and are ideal for stopping significant external hemorrhage.
So, what do you get in this package?
The bandage is well sealed in an outer pack, I have this in a pocket of my body armour and it has been scuffed and bashed without the packaging splitting or being compromised. There are easy rip notches around the corners, tear this open and there is an inner, sterile, wrapping that keeps the dressing clean and contaminant free. As a bonus, the inner packaging is sterile and could be used as an emergency chest seal if a pneumothorax type injury is encountered.
Anyway, bust open the inner wrapper and you have a nice, six inch (or four, depending on the size bought) dressing. The attached bandage is highly elasticated and very strong.
The magic part of this package is the plastic bar attached to the rear of the dressing pad. As with a standard dressing you press the sterile side of the pad against the wound, wrap the leader end of the bandage round the limb or affected area once. This is where things differ, rather than continuing with a mummy style wrap you insert the leader into the plastic bar then turn it back the way it came. This cranks the bar down hard on the dressing pad and exponentially increases the pressure applied to the wound and, as we all know, more pressure equals less bleeding. The leader is then wrapped round and round in a conventional manner, covering all sides of the pad. A plastic clip at the end of the leader then clips into the wrapped bandage. For extra torque the clip can be inserted, 'Spanish windlass' style, and given a couple of turns to crank up the pressure.
These dressings work amazingly well at stopped hemorrhage and should be seen as dressings v2.0.
Recommended for all situations and an essential addition to any serious first aid kit.