Emergency Bandages, also known as the Israeli Bandage/Pressure Dressing, are an essential item for your range bag or first aid kit. Military members refer to the bandage as an "Israeli Bandage" due to the place where it is manufactured. The Emergency Bandage consists of a sterile white pad with an elastic tail that includes a pressure device used to apply continuous pressure to the wound. Emergency Bandages replaced the older military issue Field Dressing and is a primary component in the Improved First Aid Kit (IFAK). The Emergency Bandage’s major advantage over the Field Dressing is the elastic single bandage tail and the addition of the pressure device which increases both the pressure on the wound and the bandage’s hold around the wound preventing slippage. Always apply the dressing’s white side down, directly over the wound. Take every effort not to touch the sterile white side of the dressing. The purpose of the dressing is to assist the clotting process required to stop the wound from bleeding. If the wound continues to bleed after the dressing is applied, light pressure should be asserted over the dressing to assist with the clotting process which is required to stop severe bleeding. For larger wounds such as an open abdominal wound where you are unable to completely cover the wound with the smaller 6” bandage individuals can use the sterile inner surface of the bandage's plastic wrapper to cover the wound before the dressing is applied. Pictured is the 6” Hemorrhage Control Bandage Emergency Bandage (NSN#6510-01-492-2275) showing both sides of the packaging and an unwrapped bandage. The reverse side of the package gives detailed instructions on how to apply the bandage. You can also purchase the larger 12” Abdominal Emergency Bandage (NSN#6510-01-532-6656). The combination of the sterile (germ-free) pad attached to the elastic bandage make the Emergency an ideal solution for treating large wounds. Emergency Bandages are key to all range bags. You can purchase the bandages on Amazon.com (see Amazon.com Store link) or on Ebay. Make sure you are buying the Israeli manufactured Emergency Bandages. Unlike medical supplies that include chemicals, do not be to concerned about expiration dates for the bandages. I buy Emergency Bandages close to the expiration date to keep costs down. If a bandage becomes to old use them as training aids when teaching classes.