First Aid Responder Level 3 (VTQ)

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Using trauma dressings

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We have had a look at dressings in general and we have had an in-depth look at ambulance dressings. Now we are going to have a look at dressings that are used in trauma or battlefield medicine or basically trauma dressings that will absorb an awful lot more blood and have a multiple-use. They come in all shapes and forms, all different sizes and they also come in control kits which allow you to do everything in one kit. So in this kit, you will have tourniquets, gloves, battlefield dressings, everything you need to deal with a major haemorrhage. The dressing we are gonna have a look at, the battlefield dressing, you will note has a little plastic harp onto the actual dressing itself. It also has a much larger and much more absorbent surface to absorb blood because these are for dealing with catastrophic or extremely heavy haemorrhages. So they need to be able to cope with a lot of blood.

The bandage itself, when you open it, is exactly the same as a normal ambulance dressing but you will also notice they are a lot wider, they are a lot bigger and they are also elasticated and the elastication is to apply pressure over the wound itself. The little harp or the little plastic ball that you see on top of the dressing has to go in the centre point of the wound itself because that is gonna be your pressure bar. That is going to insert pressure just the same as you would into the centre of the wound with your finger or your thumb to apply pressure to the wound itself. They are also designed to be put onto yourself if you require. The loop on the end is to allow you to be able to manage it with one hand whilst actually wrapping it onto a wound on an arm or a wrist in a major haemorrhage from, again, gunshot wounds or blast injuries. So it can be self-applied. And they also have a built-in system to stop them unrolling. So there is a cord that runs through the actual bandage itself. So if you let go, the bandage should not unroll. This one is a training bandage so the cord is actually already severed. But from the front, again, aseptic techniques, we should never touch the face of the bandage. We only ever touch the back of the bandage.

Learning Outcomes:
  • IPOSi Unit three LO3.1, 3.2, 3.3 & 3.4