The ‘Israeli Bandage’ is a highly recommended item for First Aid Kit trauma preparedness. The Israeli Bandage consists of a large sterile non-adherent pad surface to cover the wound, and is attached to a length of elasticized material (like an ‘ACE bandage) to wrap and uniquely apply pressure to a hemorrhaging wound with a built-in pressure applicator, potentially saving a life between the time of incident to urgent care…
It’s one thing to simply have the Israeli Bandage in your kit, however you should know what it looks like after it has been removed from its vacuum sealed packaging and you should know how to use it (it’s easy, but you should see it ahead of time).
Here’s how to use the Israeli Bandage:
About the Israeli Bandage:
The emergency bandage was developed in Israel (no surprise?) in 1984 by Bernard Bar-Natan, who was in training to become a military medic. Eventually during 1991 the idea and the design were developed enough to receive a government support grant which eventually led to the first bandages being sold in 1998. Today the company produces 1.5 to 2 million bandages a year.
While the Israeli Bandage is used by the United States and International military units, the bandage is also used by EMS, Industrial, and Hospital arenas. The emergency bandage is a great choice for a personal First Aid Kit at home, in the vehicle, or in any E-kit while in an environment which may risk traumatic injury.
Unique Features Of The Israeli Bandage
1. Sterile non-adhering dressing allows removal without reopening wound.
2. Pressure Applicator (a pressure bar) aligns over the wound to help stop the bleeding.
3. Closure Bar to secure the bandage after it’s wrapped and to apply additional pressure.
Video How-To Use The Israeli Bandage
The best way to learn how to use the Israeli Bandage is to simply watch it being applied. I found a very informative YouTube video which shows the process and various uses.
1. Open the outer package by ripping open at any corner ‘notch’.
2. Remove the bandage from the clear inner-wrap by ripping its center ‘notch’.
3. Unfold to expose the bandage, one hand holding the end, other hand holding the ‘wrap’ roll.
4. Place bandage over wound with the ‘pressure applicator’ offset to the side of the wound.
5. Wrap one revolution of the elasticized fabric, then insert in/through the ‘pressure applicator’ and begin wrapping in the opposite direction – tightening as you go…
6. When fully wrapped, insert ends of the ‘closure bar’ into the wrapped fabric to hold in place.
Tip: While the Israeli Bandage is very effective at stopping/minimizing traumatic wound bleeding (by applying pressure), a ‘QuikClot’ sponge in conjunction with the Israeli Bandage is a great lifesaving combination.