Video: “Maxi-Pads” As Survival Bandage?

Share Button

A while ago I gave my opinion on the persistent notion that tampons, the feminine sanitary product, are an awesome addition to your medical kit. They aren’t.

What happens in a case of ballistic trauma? When soft tissue is struck by a projectile at high speed, it causes a channel to be formed through which the projectile travels. it actually causes two channels, called cavitations, one permanent caused by the actual path and a larger temporary one caused by the energy being released into the body. Vessels and organs affected by this secondary shock wave might not even be in the direct line of the permanent cavity, but they can be damaged and easily bleed. All this with an entry wound that might not even perfectly fit a tampon and penetration that might go  much deeper than what you can reach with a tampon.

But this video isn’t about tampons, it’s about another feminine sanitary product, the “maxipad”, also called a sanitary pad or sanitary napkin. Are maxipads useful as a survival improvisation?

To watch, click below:

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

Joe Alton MD

Joe Alton MD

Hey, don’t forget to fill those holes in your medical supply list with kits and individual supplies from Nurse Amy’s entire line at!

Just some of the medical kits from Doom and Bloom/Grab n Go
Find our books on Amazon or at our store!

Hey, don’t forget to check out our entire line of quality medical kits and individual supplies at Also, our Book Excellence Award-winning 700-page SURVIVAL MEDICINE HANDBOOK: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR WHEN HELP IS NOT ON THE WAY is now available in black and white on Amazon and in color and color spiral-bound versions at

Share Button
Print Friendly, PDF & Email
A New Pneumonia
Survival Medicine Podcast: Austere Medics