I noticed some cheap Israeli bandages while shopping for something else on amazon the other day. At about 3 pounds each I wondered what they were like so bought some.
As described in other articles, I feel that Medical knowledge and equipment is vital to us in Bushcraft, Survival, Outdoor Living and Expeditions. When we work with razor sharp tools, we expose ourselves to risk of traumatic injury. When we are in remote locations, we often do not have the ability to call and ambulance or get ourselves to a hospital in quick time. Further to this, many of us strive for self sufficiency and self reliance as much as possible and with some simple knowledge, training and equipment, we can actually cope with some minor traumatic injuries without the need for specialist medical care.
Battlefield medicine shares something in common with Wilderness and Remote Medicine in that traumatic injuries often occur in extreme circumstances in remote locations. This makes military battlefield medicine a worthwhile interest to us.
The seller does claim that these are genuine Israeli Defense Force (IDF) items but I cannot verify that. They are in very good condition (brand new) but it is not clear how old they are.
I have found it to be a good idea when buying potentially life saving medical equipment to buy an extra one so that you can open the sterile packaging and see what it is like inside. Finding out that something is terrible and inadequate in the heat of the moment while treating gushing wound is not the best time of place so it pays to spend that little bit extra so that you can be sure that what you are betting your life on is a good bit of kit.
A look at what is inside the packaging
These are not the famed “Israeli Bandages” that you may be familiar with, the ones that the US and British Armies have adopted as their own for use as a First Field Dressing (FFD) in combat life saving application. They do have instructions written on the packaging in Hebrew though and the outer packaging is very good.
What attracts me to these other than the price, is the small sized package, they are about half the thickness and weight of a standard FFD which means that you can either carry more in place of the bigger ones or add some extra one in places where the bigger ones will not fit.
But are they any good at treating traumatic injuries?
I think so, yes. Not having a traumatic injury on hand on this dreary, rainy Saturday afternoon, I had to forgo that particular test but I can say that the wound pad, the actual absorbent section looks and feels good. Instead of the signature plastic “H” in the bigger Israeli bandages they just have normal cotton bandages for tieing off, this is fine as far as I am concerned as I carry both, I expect that I would opt for the small one first and then if some extreme downward pressure is required then i’ll move to an H bandage.
I did wonder how much blood that these small ones would absorb when compared with the bigger ones. I used water in lieu of blood and found that the amount of water that it will soak up and hold is ¾ of a pint which is about 0.4 liters. This is quite acceptable in my opinion as the big ones only hold 1 pint.
I am pretty happy with these and two of them have been added to my trauma kit
What more is there to say, they are priced well enough that you can buy a whole load of them, small enough that you can tuck them away in all sorts of places and they do a pretty good job of bandaging traumatic wounds.
I cannot foresee a Bushcraft scenario that might need this but the plastic packaging is designed to also be used as a chest seal when treating sucking chest wounds, normally associated with gunshots to the chest. I suppose this could be useful if the need ever arose.
As always, This is not an advertisement, i’m not selling them, I don’t get anything from this but thought it worth mentioning them as a good item to have in your first aid, trauma or medical kit.