tampons for GSW, works when nothing else will.. however, I'd stay away from it. Last time I carried one for in my trauma kit was 10 years ago. Now I keep them in my Sick call/gen med bag for their intended purpose. Not only am I responsible for the providing care, but also prev-med as well.
Thanks for the info... I was a U.S. Marine (& Combat Lifesaver) and yes, we all had our own kits etc... just addressing the many diferent makeups on this site... some profession, some volunteer, some equipted, some have to "accuire". In any case, I was a Volunteer Medic on a SAR team and had to buy my own gear, and I am currently a L.E.O. and gear pretty much anything I need given to me... so I have had to use what I could get, but currently don't have to worry because I have all the latest I need. But again, thanks for the info. I still think MRE bags are the best, dropping out off a Helo, hitting the beach, jumping through a window, it is more a case of containment when something burst more than protection itself. Also, when I was in a Raid company, the MRE bag and duck tape was very waterproof. As for the tampon, can't argue, I have limited experience using it (just usually didn't have one when the case arrised), and yes, had some difficulty with it, but it did work eventually.. but in the end, agree with you, good advice... "X" on the tampon.
Thanks and be safe.