Creating Paracord Bandages

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    Paracord has often been discussed as a fix all and has proven to be just that. In many situations where you would be up a creek, paracord has probably been there for you a time or two. One such example is during an injury. Say you cut your finger while out on a hiking trail. Anything can and does happen, often when you least expect it, which includes bleeding cuts. Having a Band-aid or other type of bandage would be excellent, but if you do not have such items, you are going to have to find an alternative. This could mean adopting some desperate measures types of techniques to stop the bleeding and protect your wound from exposure to harmful bacteria which may lead to infection.

    Before you get too desperate and resort to something extreme to patch yourself up, take some paracord out of your pack and fashion yourself a bandage with it. Paracord actually makes a surprisingly easy yet effective bandaging tool and if you have loose paracord, you can implore the following technique with one hand. It might not be pretty, but it will work.

    For an injured finger that needs a pressure bandage to stop bleeding, you will need about two feet of paracord. At one end, created a fold with about six inches of paracord on one side and the rest of your slack on the other side. Place the fold against your injured finger with the fold near your finger tip. Keep the paracord against your finger and begin wrapping over the cord you have against your skin. Wrap even rungs close together until you reach the looped end, being careful not to wrap so tightly that you cut off circulation. At that time, stick your slack through that loop until you have pulled it all through. Then move back down your finger to the few inches of slack you left hanging out and pull that piece of cord. This will cinch your loop down, preventing the slack from passing back through it and holding the cord in place. At this time, you can tie a knot to reinforce your bandage and keep the cord from sliding.

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    This technique is surprisingly effective when it comes to stopping bleeding. It can be used on bigger body parts such as arms and legs provided you have enough cord to make it work. This technique can also act as a splint for fingers, but is probably not strong enough to support anything more. Stay safe in your travels, but if you find yourself injured, know that paracord will have your back.

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