A fairly recent development in first aid the emergency bandage combines a sterile dressing, elastic wrap, pressure bar and closure that maintains direct pressure on bleeding wounds.
Originally developed by the Israelis for military use it comes highly recommended from military medics and civilian paramedics:
I was first introduced to the Israeli emergency bandage several years ago as a medic in Iraq…
The Israeli emergency bandage was the first of a new generation of bandages that made a difference when it really counts. It combines a sterile dressing, elastic wrap and a pressure bar to make a fast and easy to use trauma bandage. The long tail can be configured in various ways to hold the bandage in place or to immobilize the limb, plus it can be configured in to an improvised tourniquet. I consider it must carry item since I can use it as a multipurpose bandage, use the tail as an “Ace” wrap for sprains or to immobilize a fracture to a splint. The bandage comes in 4″ and 6″ for around $5-$11 and everyone in my family has one in their car first aid kit, backpack or office. Via Cooltools
Applying the bandage is quick and easy, much less finicky than applying and wrapping a traditional dressing.
I plan on adding this to my personal first aid kit and the larger kit we carry on Troop outings.
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