How to use Israeli Bandage Pressure Dressing

How To Use An Israeli Bandage To Stop Traumatic Bleeding

How to use the Israeli Bandage

Keep an ‘ Israeli Bandage ‘ with your First Aid trauma kit. Why? To help stop traumatic bleeding. But you need to know how to use an Israeli Bandage! It’s not complicated… Video and written instructions below.

The device has a large sterile non-adherent pad surface to cover the wound. This pad is attached to (part of) a length of elasticized material (like an ‘ACE’ bandage).

It uniquely wraps to a hemorrhaging wound with a built-in pressure applicator.

The device can potentially save life between time of incident to urgent care.

You should:

  • Remove one from its vacuum sealed packaging. Know what it looks like.
  • Know how to use it (it’s easy, but you should do it ahead of time).

Israeli Bandage:
(view on amzn)

>> 6 inch width
(most popular)

>> 4 inch width

About the Israeli Bandage:

The emergency bandage was developed in Israel in 1984 by Bernard Bar-Natan. He was in training to become a military medic. The design received government support (grant) during 1991. This eventually led to the first bandages being sold in 1998. Today the company produces 1.5 to 2 million bandages a year.

The United States and International military units use the Israeli Bandage. EMS, Industrial, and Hospital arenas use them. The emergency bandage is recommended for any 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 secures the bandage after it’s wrapped and to apply additional pressure.

Video How To Use The Israeli Bandage

Learn how to use it. Watch it being applied. I found a very informative YouTube video which shows the process and various uses.

Israeli Bandage INSTRUCTIONS How To Use It

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: A ‘ QuikClot ‘ sponge in conjunction with the Israeli Bandage is a great lifesaving combination when necessary.

[ Read: How To Stop The Bleeding With QuikClot 3 to 5 Times Faster ]


  1. May be something well worthwhile having in that ATV kit huh?
    Ever been out riding in the forest and have a tree branch “reach out and stab ya”.
    And at $9.15 on Amazon, that’s cheap insurance to have in all of the “E-Kits” no????


  2. Have one in our primary medical bag.

    Thanks for the video, Ken. It does make a difference, being able to see it used for some different wounds including the under and around head wrap and adding another pad inside to cover both sides of an in-and-out wound. Very helpful!

  3. Thanks for the video. It really explained the proper way to use the Israeli bandage.

  4. I have found the 6″ dressings fit rather well into the AR magazine molle pouches.

  5. Ken, Thanks for the video. I am familiar on how they work, but did not realize they come in different sizes and with a 2nd bandage. Again I have learned something new from this site.

    Time to go shopping. These are a must have for every 1st aid kit. You should actually have several. Better safe than sorry.

    Adapt and Overcome.

  6. I also have these in storage. I did read how to use it and it was a bit confusing. The video is much better.

  7. good video,thanks. I’m not good at reading instructions but watching someone using it is great.

  8. Thanks for the Re-Post of the article.
    Like many skills we know or should know, it’s good to revisit most when ‘hopefully’ we don’t have the need for them every day/week/month.
    1.5 to 2 million produced per year huh? Dang.

    A question for ya, what ever happened to the Series on “Levels of Preparedness’?
    You know I would ask again. :-)

  9. I have been a paramedic since 1979. The israeli bandage is a great tool. I highly recommend them. Don’t however, think you have to have one to accomplish the task, stop the bleeding. You can accomplish the same thing with

    (1) direct pressure. Place a hopefully sterile, at least clean, 4×4 or other type bandage directly on the wound and apply pressure. If it gets soaked with blood, add another bandage. Don’t take the bandage off.

    (2) elevate. Use gravity to your advantage. Try to get the wound higher than the level of your heart. The blood pressure at the wound will be incrementally less. Helps with clotting.

    (3) pressure points. A little more complicated here but basically find a pulse point which is closer to your heart than the wound. For example: A wound to your hand could be controlled by applying pressure on the artery feeding the wound. The brachial artery on the inside of your elbow, for example. You can find the pulse there now if you feel for it. It is at the antecubital fossa, you know, where they take blood.

    If those things do not control the bleeding then a turniquet is the next option, but there are hazards associated with the use of turniquets. Learn these hazards. If ya don’t know what you’re doing you can cause the loss of a limb by inappropriately cutting off all blood flow for extended periods of time.
    Good article!

  10. Good item to have, along with Quickclot in the range bag for just in case. R.A.T.S good item as well, especially if out and about by yourself.

  11. Have number of the different sizes and always QuickClot in my medical pack. Also have feminine pads and Kotex lady’s application units. Believe the plastic applicator would not hurt as much as a cardboard one for plugging bullet holes. In a fire fight you are going to work fast and get back as soon as you can to the party. Were do I keep my medical pack? In my truck on long runs, at the range anytime I’m shooting and any training op. Range bag, medical pack and always at the least soft body armor to go to the range.

  12. Bought one and it took forever to get here from Israel. Is there anywhere to purchase in the USA?Thanks for the video.

  13. Excellent information , I have several of these and this was an easy video to follow, thank’s again.

  14. I have to say, as a firefighter/EMT, I have been trained to use this and it works well. My advice: this is NOT like most bandages you see or use. Buy two. Open one and practice with it. The first time you actually have to use it is not the time to read instructions. In the training I have been to for tactical casualty care, we used a foam roller that is about the size of a leg. These are commonly used for exercise classes. The foam roller works well for tourniquet practice too. You can use a real person to practice on but be careful about cutting off circulation! As with any other gear, if you don’t practice with it, it can be useless.

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