Video: Tampons As Bandages

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Total blood volume absorbed by a light tampon. Super-absorbent: maybe three times more.

In this companion video to a recent article, Joe Alton MD gives his thoughts on a notion that persists on the internet and in the minds of many. There is a widespread belief that tampons are an important addition to medical kits to stop major bleeding from gunshot wounds. This belief is based mostly on second-hand anecdotes (but rarely from post-evac surgical team experience). Dr. Alton outlines his reasons that tampons are less likely to be of real help in medical situations other than for what they were initially intended.

To watch, click below:

Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

Joe Alton MD

Dr. Alton

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