Intro: 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.