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Discussion in 'Knives, Tactical Gear, and Survival' started by grasshopperglock, Nov 2, 2018.
Tampons can be a good addition to any first aid kit.
Not kidding, either.
Keep Calm and RTFU
I've heard and read about good and bad on using tampons. Almost a 50/50 mix
I prefer maxipads because they stick (they have an adhesive) and they do a good job absorbing stuff.
From everything I've read, the main issue with using female products like tampons and pads is that they are not sterile. They are clean, and if in an urban environment with help close by, they work in a pinch. But they are inferior to real-deal pressure type, sterile medical trauma dressings.
If you choose to add some to your kit, suggest you buy a new package from a reputable manufacturer and place the tampons/pads in ziplock bags, maybe 1-3 per snack size bag. Just how I'd do it, and again, I'm an amateur...YMMV
Um, the sticky part is on the back of the moisture barrier. The part that absorbs fluid is on the other side. Placing the sticky side down on a wound will not provide the desired effect. Unless your inverting the "wings" on products with that feature.
As long as they are in their packaging they will be clean enough for emergencies. What ever caused the Trauma has already opened the skin and introduced enough nasty shit to kill you. You are in ABC mode. Blood loss can kill in a couple minutes. Infection can be dealt with after stabilizing the victim. Obviously dont go slathering mud in wounds but an unused tampon in a large puncture or pad on other bleeding isnt an issue from an emergency standpoint. Also remember pressure and TQs if needed.
They are one thing I haven't rotated in years. With a wife and 3 daughters every nook cranny bag pouch glove box drawer and any other space large enough are stuffed full of the things.
Sticky side to the bandage wrap holding the pad in place.
Yep. If you think you have time. Just pointing out the movies always show it wrong and most guys avoid that stuff like the walking dead.
I always taught to ignore the fiddly sticky strips. Not easy to do with wet or bloody hands.
When I had to take the Combat Lifesaver Course we had to give an IV so that stuff was in the bag they issued us. We were the practice dummies to give IVs to get qualified. The bags were nice. Also if you get a sucking chest wound I can fix you up...lol. I don't know what that has stayed in my head but it has.
Use your poncho to stop that sucking chest wound.