Pantiliners/Maxi-pads As First Aid Bandages





Introduction: Pantiliners/Maxi-pads As First Aid Bandages

Since pantiliners are designed to absorb a woman's monthly menstrual blood flow and vaginal discharges, they make ideal first aid bandages. In addition to their high absorbency, they can cover a wide skin area and provide extra protection for the wound. Finally, they are quite inexpensive, making them ideal for environments where the dressings have to be changed often, ie: kitchen, construction, etc. They can also be used to provide additional bandage options for first aid kits, survival kits and Bug Out Bags.

Canada did a study on the use of pantiliners and sanitary napkins for wound care:
The panty liners, sanitary napkins and Coban tape studied were cheaper than, and had a comparible sterility with, the sterile gauze examined.

Step 1: Parts

1. Pantiliners - you can get 20 for about $1.50 in drug stores
2. Duct tape

Step 2: Take Pantiliner Out of Pouch

1. Each pantiliner comes in its own pouch.
2. Take the pantiliner out of the pouch.
3. Cut a few pieces of duct tape to secure the pantiliner.

Step 3: Remove Adhesive Strip

Remove adhesive strip. Since pantiliners are designed to be changed daily and adhere to women's underwear (with the pad facing upwards to catch the bloodflow), the adhesive to hold it in place is not particularly strong, but is helpful when used in combination with the duct tape.

Step 4: Duct Tape to Wound

Use duct tape to secure the pantiliner to the wound.

Step 5: Fingertip Bandage

After a deep cut to my thumb, I used a part of a maxi-pad (can also use a pantiliner) and duct tape to make a full cover that could stand up to daily use.



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    actually feminine products were originally designed for wound care during WWl or WWll

    You are right!
    When nurses in France realized that the cellulose bandages they were using on wounded soldiers absorbed blood much better than plain old cotton, they started using them for their own flow.

    Excellent & cheap idea, TYSM!

    Thank you and you're welcome! Hope it helps. To be honest, it was not entirely my idea; various versions of this have been floating around the Web. It is the first on though. :-)

    Tampons might be just as good and much less expensive. :-)

    A tampon will work in a pinch, but fibers may separate. Remember toxic shock? You want it all out. A tampon may plug a bullet hole, but it is not ideal.

    I have used the pantliners several times after surgeries. They are absorbent and changing numerous times per day is not as expensive as the gauze pads. They also have a plastic backing so they don't leak threw clothing. I have had infections that need to drain and they work great for them.

    Karen -
    That is great to hear! I am working on an Instructable that will use Maxi Pads to cover a wound with a tube extruding from it, very similar to what you used them for. I will try to get it out soon.

    I have been using Tampons in Patientens while changing their stoma dressing/pouch (I'm not shure if the words are righ) we inserted the tampon partway in the protruding part of the intestins to prevent leaking during cleaning and changing. Very helpfull. i Think you could use pamtieliners as well as coolpack, soacking in water (alcohl) and cooling in the fridge, no direkt kontact to open wo und of course.