Recap from Part I...
Alright, another day out to breakfast at your favorite bagel joint and all of sudden somebody's grandpa falls and splits his head open. He's sitting up before you can get to him, he's got a little gash on his forehead, is bleeding like a stuck pig and blood is running down into his eyes and mouth. Every time grandpa talks he sprays blood into the air, he also keeps wiping his head and now has blood all over his hands. No worries! Break out your handy dandy, low profile, ABD dressing and cover that thing up! Next request that the folks at the store to call 911 and then bring you two hand towels; one wet and one dry to help clean him up a bit before the good guys arrive. External bleeding controlled - check, 911 system activated - check, clean up on aisle 3 in the works - check, being able to help your friends and neighbors - CHECK!
What are ABD dressings you ask, depending on what circles you run in ABD can mean "abdominal" or "absorbent". There is also the definition "Army Battle Dressing" which furthers explains the concept that ABD dressings are a bulkier type dressing designed to absorb blood. ABD dressings come in all shapes and sizes ranging from small to ginormous and may also be referred to as "trauma pads" or "trauma dressings". Regardless of what label you throw on it, the ABD Pad we are talking about here is a bulky pad used to help stop bleeding. Considering the fact that this discussion revolves around "On Body" carry, it should go without saying that I prefer a more compact ABD pad if I'm going "light", one that is small enough to carry easily, yet still big enough to actually do some good. Most of the time, I can't tell that I'm carry an ABD Pad and gloves, yet they are there if I need them.
On Body IFAK #2: Trauma / Bleeding Pad
Stay safe and do work!
V/r - Rob