FAQ Level 3 Award for First Responders on Scene: Emergency First Responder (RQF) FROS® - Online Blended Part 1

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Ambulance Dressings

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Dressings for Bleeding Control: Overview and Usage


Here, we'll explore various types of dressings used for bleeding control, ranging from standard first aid kit dressings to more advanced trauma dressings.

Important Considerations

Before using any dressing, it's crucial to pay attention to several key factors:

  • Date Stamp: Ensure the dressing is within its expiration date to guarantee effectiveness.
  • Packaging Integrity: Verify that the packaging is intact to prevent contamination.

Opening and Usage

Proper technique is essential when opening and applying dressings to maintain sterility and effectiveness:

  • Aseptic Technique: Use gloves and handle the dressing carefully to minimize contamination.
  • Rolling the Dressing: Slowly roll the bandage out of the packaging, avoiding contact with the sterile face side.
  • Application: Place the sterile side of the dressing over the wound and secure it with the provided bandage to absorb blood and promote clotting.

Types of Dressings

There are various types of dressings available, each designed for specific needs:

  • Standard First Aid Dressings: Typically used for minor to moderate bleeding, these dressings are non-stick and sterile.
  • Trauma Dressings: Designed for severe bleeding, these dressings often come vacuum-packed to maintain sterility and include elasticated bandages for increased pressure.


Choosing the appropriate dressing and using it correctly is vital for effective bleeding control, ensuring optimal patient outcomes in emergency situations.

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