A pressure dressing is just that, a tightly wrapped bandage that offers mechanical pressure against a wound (to keep QuikClot in place). Once an appropriately applied pressure dressing is in place, the rescuer can stop applying manual direct pressure (with their hands), and move on to other assessments and/or interventions. The Mobilize Rescue System uses a NAR Emergency Trauma Dressing.
How to apply a pressure dressing:Open the pressure dressing slightly to expose the white pad, keeping the bulk of it rolled in your hand. Keeping it rolled provides the control and leverage necessary to get a REALLY tight wrap. Be careful not touch the white pad - you want everything that comes in contact with the wound to be sterile - or as close to sterile - as possible.Place the white pad against the wound. If you see the white pad when you open the dressing, flip it over so that the back of the pressure dressing is facing you.Hold the pad in place with one hand. With the other hand, wrap the bandage snugly around the body. �Limbs (arms & legs) are easier to bandage than shoulders and hips, but the bandages are long enough to make dressing most body parts effectively.Secure the bandage using the clips. The dressing should be tight to hold pressure on the wound, enabling you to take additional measures to make sure the victim is as comfortable as possible until the professionals arrive.That's it!
By knowing these simple steps, and having access to quality medical supplies, you can save lives while an ambulance is en route. Something to add to this blog? Share it in the comments!