Anonymous recon said...I´ve heard conflicting theories about the tampon for wounds, and have no real world experience so take what I´m saying with a grain of salt; but I´ve heard that the traditional idea of stuffing a tampon directly into the wound can cause more harm than good because it soaks up blood, blood that may not necessarily be otherwise leaving your body. but I´m not an emt and have zero training in first aid, so I dont know for sure. but it sounds like it makes sense.
I do a fair amount of research before writing these posts, commenting and making suggestions.
Based on what I’ve read and of course, this is in no way medical advice of any kind:
Yes, as you can expect, a chunk of cotton on a wound that includes clotting blood is generally a bad idea. The blood will clot and the cotton will stick all over the wound.
Still, the tampon does have a place when there’s intense bleeding and the alternatives are either dying then and there, or living and later have to deal with the problem of cotton inside a wound. If the wound bleeding can be controlled with direct pressure, then there´s no need to use a tampon or even clotting agents, but is someone is losing blood fast and it cant be controlled, then using a tampon to stop the bleeding makes more sense.