Quake-hack: Use A Maxi-Pad and Duct Tape to Protect A Wound

Posted on October 8, 2014 by 0c4g78x

Another collection of random household items that can help you after an earthquake!
Another collection of random household items that can help you after an earthquake!

If you need to protect a wound and do not have bandages, use a sanitary napkin! It’s sterile, a good size, and easy to use. It’s a great first-aid hack in case of emergencies.

Use a sanitary napkin and duct tape to protect a wound on a hand, foot, arm or leg, if you do not have large bandages to keep the injury clean and protected from the elements. Here’s how:

Maxipad 1st aid wound

Be sure to clean your hands, the wound and the area around it before applying a bandage. If you don’t have a disinfectant, mouthwash can be substituted.

Maxipad 1st aid pad

Open the sanitary napkin and unseal, being careful not to touch the interior.

Maxipad 1st aid dressing

Place it carefully over the wound.

Maxipad 1st aid complete

Then attach securely in place with duct tape. Feminine protection just took on a whole new meaning!

The picture above shows the maxi-pad held in place only at the ends. For a bleeding wound, take the following additional steps, after the maxi-pad is in place:

Find a disposal razor, if available, and shave the arm hair. Then, apply pressure to the sanitary napkin with one hand, while wrapping the arm in duct tape to hold the napkin securely. Continue to apply pressure with your hand and elevate the arm above the patient’s heart.

If the arm is seriously bleeding, look into applying a tourniquet.

Get medical attention as soon as possible.

Keep in mind however, that if you have a good first aid kit in your home earthquake kit, this quake-hack will not be necessary.

Thanks to Trish “The Quake Lady” Granholm from ETC for this great idea.

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