This is one way to teach crews how to pack wounds. They learn to apply packing and press it against a bone until the “bleeding” stops.
- 1 roll of GLAD Press’N Seal
- IV bag and 10 drop IV set-up
- A syringe and red food coloring (to make “blood”)
- 2 lbs. of ground beef
- 2 large ribs (from a butcher shop)
- 2 rolled paper towels
- 1 sharp knife
#1 – Pack 2 lbs. of ground beef tightly together.
#2 Place 2 rolled towels between the 2 ribs, then wrap the ribs, IV tubing and paper towels in Glad Press’N Seal (Like a hotdog in a bun)
#3 Inject food coloring into the IV bag to make blood and wrap ground beef around it all. Then wrap it all tightly with GLAD Press’N Seal
#4 Stab the knife into the center of the ribs
#5 Have crews pack the wound (deep and tight) to stop the flow
#6. When the person packing the wound is done, cut open the package (the “wound” you made) to show crews how packing worked.
Source: A.J. Heightman – JEMS Editor-in-Chief