They are pretty much the same thing so its mostly personal preference but I have three reasons for recommending Kerlix.
#1 - First and foremost, I am most familiar/comfortable with using Kerlix and have more hands-on experience using it.
#2 - In MY Opinion
, since its rolled its easier to work with and wrap around an injury.
#3 - Its usually cheaper.
I will say though, if you are building a blowout kit for an individual then compressed gauze usually does take up less space, if that is a factor.
s.leinicke wrote:Do you need any kind of training to use an occlusive dressing? Do you just clean around the wound and slap it on?
I believe its considered an EMR or First Responder skill but you have the basic idea. Grab a fistful of Gauze/Kerlix in One hand and have the Occlusive dressing ready in the other hand, Wipe the blood away with the one hand and slap the occlusive dressing over the wound with the other hand. Standard Medical Disclaimer applies, YMMV, Don't try this at home, Get Training..... it saves more lives than fancy items and shiny guns.
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