I recommend that everyone have at least several rolls of these stretch wrap self adherent bandages as part of their overall First Aid preparedness supplies. Why? I’ll tell you why…
The medical stretch wrap is excellent at holding gauze material in place against a wound, especially around an appendage. It stretches and adheres to itself when you wrap it. It can be applied on yourself fairly easily, quickly, and efficiently.
The self adhering wrap material can be pulled really tight, or as loose as you want. For initial bleeding though, you want it fairly tight.
Stop The Bleeding | Plug it – Apply Pressure
First, know this: The best thing you can do to help stop the bleeding during an emergency is to “plug it” and apply pressure. What do I mean by that?
Grab some gauze (the plug) or whatever appropriate clean material you may have to ‘plug’ the wound. Place it over the wound.
Next, wrap it good and snug with some wrapping material holding the gauze ‘plug’ in place. Wrap it tight enough to apply adequate pressure to help stop the bleeding. If necessary, push down on the wound to apply more pressure against the bleeding. Proceed to appropriate medical care.
For traumatic injury, I highly recommend the Israeli Bandage. I wrote about it here and advise that you look into it: How To Use The Israeli Bandage
Stretch Bandage & Gauze to Stop the Bleeding
With that said, for minor to moderate bleeding wounds, ordinary gauze and wrap will get the job done.
How I Used The Stretch Bandage
Here’s an example: The other day I accidentally punctured my palm with a screwdriver. Ouch. My fault.
My left hand was holding an assembly while my right hand held a screwdriver. A machine screw was stubbornly stuck as I applied excessive counterclockwise downward force against the head. About 2 seconds before it happened, I said to myself, if that screwdriver slips, I’m going to hurt myself. Wouldn’t you know it, it slipped and punctured my palm.
Near immediate blood. No First Aid Kit in the barn (my bad). Made it to the house leaving a trail of blood. Here’s where good First Aid Kit organization is important:
We keep all essential First Aid supplies on one specific shelf in a bathroom cabinet. This eliminates scrambling for what you might need during an emergency!
Mrs.J helped. We grabbed a bottle of hydrogen peroxide (3%), a 4×4 gauze, and a roll of this stretch wrap (love that stuff!).
Dumped some hydrogen peroxide on the bleeding wound over the sink. OUCH! (no pain, no gain). It bubbled and fizzled. Then did it some more to clean it out.
I held the folded 4×4 gauze onto the wound. Mrs.J got the stretch bandage started and I finished by wrapping it tight.
The great thing about this type of bandage is its self-adhering and stretch properties. It’s quick, and it holds itself in place quite readily. You can pull it pretty darn tight to apply pressure (which I did). Later, I relaxed it.
Self Adhering Stretch Bandage | Get Some!
Okay, that was my story which I’m using as a practical example why you might want to pick up some of this stuff. You can probably find it at your local CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, or whatever drug store is in your area.
I got mine on Amazon. I’m glad I did!
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