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

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Using trauma dressings

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Trauma Dressings: Essential Tools for Managing Hemorrhages

Introduction to Trauma Dressings

Trauma or battlefield dressings are specifically designed to handle catastrophic bleeding and are essential components of trauma kits.

Features of Trauma Dressings

  • High Absorbency: These dressings are capable of absorbing large volumes of blood due to their larger and more absorbent surface area.
  • Versatility: Available in various shapes and sizes, trauma dressings come in kits that include tourniquets, gloves, and other necessary items for managing major hemorrhages.

Understanding Battlefield Dressings

Battlefield dressings, a type of trauma dressing, feature distinctive characteristics tailored for managing severe bleeding:

Key Components

  • Pressure Application: A plastic harp or ball is positioned at the centre of the dressing to apply pressure directly to the wound, aiding in hemorrhage control.
  • Elastic Design: These dressings are wider, larger, and elasticated to ensure effective pressure application over the wound area.
  • Self-Application: They are designed for self-application in emergency situations, featuring loops for easy one-handed use.
  • Anti-Unrolling Mechanism: Built-in cords prevent the dressing from unwinding once applied, ensuring stability during treatment.

Proper Handling of Battlefield Dressings

When using battlefield dressings, adhere to strict aseptic techniques to maintain sterility:

Handling Procedure

  • Avoid Touching Face: Only handle the back of the dressing to prevent contamination, maintaining its sterile condition.
Learning Outcomes:
  • IPOSi Unit three LO3.1, 3.2, 3.3 & 3.4