Nacho average ace bandage. The “big one” is 6 inches by about 13 feet or longer when stretched and it works when other elastic bandages can’t even come close. The 16 ounce silver bullet is just there for size comparison.
There are times either on the athletic field or in the backcountry when your trusty old Ace bandage just won’t get the job done. This one is called the Deluxe LF (latex free) and made by Hartmann-Conco. It is about the same size as a fully loaded Chipotle burrito which is to say a lot bigger than the average elastic bandage but it is a basic and highly versatile piece of equipment that deserves a spot in any properly prepped jump kit.
I first saw one of these at the Desert Institute of Physical Therapy in Scottsdale. I was there because James Levine from Phoenix thought it was more important to fiddle with his radio and talk on the cellular than pay attention to the color of the traffic light he was approaching. Phoenix PD cited Mr. Levine for running a mature red light which means that it wasn’t even close. He hit us in the middle of the intersection at a speed of about 50mph and never even touched the brake. Yea, I am still pissed about it but I digress. Anyway, the good folks at DIPT under the direction of guru Rob Blackaby were doing my post shoulder surgery rehab and used this giant elastic bandage to hold several ice packs in place at the same time.
I had never seen an elastic bandage big enough to use on the entire upper body and I am not just talking about one or two flimsy wraps. I am talking about going around four or five times and providing really good support.
I bought a few of the big bandages and have used them for a range of things including improvised long bone splints, lower back injuries, and dislocated shoulders. It is capable of swallowing pretty much anything you throw at it and works when nothing else in my bag will.
If you are a Wilderness EMT or an Athletic Trainer give one of these a try. I think you will find yourself using it for all kinds of things but you better put your name on it because they seem to wander off only to be found in your partners kit. Mmmmm. How did it get there?
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