Mini Compression Bandage or Kerlix/Wrap?

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    Just a quick question. I'm putting together a small FAK/Trauma kit, so space is pretty tight. For bleeding control (in addition to a tourniquet), which would be better: a mini compression bandage (I have both the NAR Mini Responder ETD and H&H Mini Compression Bandages), or an ABD pad (or Kerlix) and a roll of Control Wrap?

    The mini compression bandages obviously take up less space than a roll of Kerlix or Control wrap.
     
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    Mini compression bandage is the way to go if you have to choose... More compact and faster application, especially if you are having to apply to yourself.
     
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    Thanks. I keep a much larger kit that has everything in my car, but I want my smaller kit to still be able to treat most common wounds.
     
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    Duh! I must have had my brain misfiring or something. I just remembered that a mini compression bandage IS an elastic wrap WITH an absorbent gauze pad ! Geesh. So it wouldn't make much sense for me to replace it with a separate control wrap and gauze pad.

    Two mini compression bandages with one or two packs of compressed gauze should take care of most things for me, and would take up a minimum amount of space. No need for a bulky roll of Kerlix or a 4" roll of wrap. I was over thinking it, as usual. :oops:
     
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    Your spot on.
    I would go with a mini compression bandage and a primed gauze
     
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    A roll of rock climbers tape?
    Or just a few feet wrapped around a bic lighter?

    Better than stitches in most injuries I've had...
     
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    Thanks. I carry some Steri-Strips, but my main concern is to control bleeding. I'm not usually that far away from civilization that I'd have to worry about suturing a wound close. And honestly, I carry my kit more to be able to help others than myself. But, obviously it'll save my keester too. :)

    And there's usually a small roll of duct tape in my pack, it's just not in my mini FAK.
     
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    Go with the mini compression bandage hands down!
     
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    I covered a pulsing fore arm gsw with a piece of tape not much bigger and never looked back...
     
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