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Originally posted by James1982
Used tampons also work great for baiting a trap!
Hehe hope that wasn't too gross, just joking (although I don't see why it wouldn't work...)
Good call OP, the tampon does have tons of uses for survival. I keep a small travel sized box of them in my BoB (for survival uses, I'm a man)
Maxipads or whatever they are called are also useful. I have a small box of the super thin ones in my BoB as well. They are SUPER absorbent and work great for covering up wound with a large surface area or that is bleeding a lot. If you are a large area of road rash, a series of deep scrapes that cover an area too large for band-aids or gauze pads, those super thin maxipads work wonders.
While out camping one time I slipped on some rocks that were wet from the river. The rocks gouged out a bunch of flesh from my calf on the back of my left leg. Many deep cuts and some shallow cuts, but overall a pretty large wound that was bleeding quite a bit. I had my standard first aid box with me, but obviously no band-aids are that big, and it would have used all of the gauze we had to make a patchwork of gauze to cover the entire wound.
One of the girls that was there with us had a box of those super thin maxipads, I poured some hydrogen peroxide over the wound, then some alcohol, then rubbed a little neosporin on the maxipad, put it over the wound, and wrapped it with a bandage. Worked PERFECT! Very little bleed-through of the bandage, the maxipad completely covered the wound.
It was that day I gained respect for the maxipad as a BoB item, and decided to keep a box in there afterwards.
Originally posted by MojaveBurning
Yahoo posted this interesting and short video about why a tampon is a good tool to have in a survival situation. Now, we women probably already have these in our BOBs, but you men might want to consider adding one or two to your kits as well! They are incredibly small and light and in waterproof packaging. For example, I recently got a free sample of the OB brand. It has 3 tampons in a little plastic box the size of half an Altoids tin. I hope nobody gets all stupid in this thread, it's actually a useful item.
Here is the link to the yahoo video.
(I really need to learn to imbed videos).edit on 24-7-2012 by MojaveBurning because: typo
Foam dressings are highly absorptive, multilayered
dressings, capable of absorbing large
amounts of exudate even when compressed
within a fairly snug bandage.
Originally posted by rebellender
reply to post by MojaveBurning
using an absorbent as wound treatment?
no I dont think so,
maybe a "doc" might jump in here and change my mind?