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Survival Tip: Making a Nonadherent Dressing

Hey there. Here's an interesting tip from Eric A. Weiss, MD. He wrote Wilderness and Travel Medicine, a comprehensive guide that fits in your pocket. It's also great for bug out bags and emergency kits.

Here's the doctor's Weiss Advice on making a nonadherent dressing:

A nonadherent dressing can be made by spreading Polysporin or another antibiotic ointment over one side of a 10 x 10-cm [4 x 4 inch] gauze dressing. [Honey can be used in place of Polysporin. When applied topically, it can reduce infection and promote wound healing.]

A conforming roller bandage can be improvised from a shirt or other article of clothing by cutting a thin strip of material in circular fashion. 


From Wilderness and Travel Medicine: A Comprehensive Guide. Weiss, Eric A., The Mountaineers Books, 2012, pg 110

2 thoughts on “Survival Tip: Making a Nonadherent Dressing”

  • Dee McClanahan

    I don't get the t-shirt cutting pattern. Why not start at the bottom and go around and around the shirt base as you spiral up? That way you have one long strip? The pattern shown looks like you'll get 7 circular straps of varying length.

    And why apply PolySporin to the entire strip? Why not to that area affected by a wound? Seems a waste of ointment.

    • Curtis

      They didn't clarify the pic very well, but the way you were thinking of cutting the shirt is what they want you to do. They're just doing it at a angle. Just apply the ointment to the 4"x4" gauze, then wrap with the shirt.

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