Is it Time to Start Packing Bacon in our First-Aid Kits? [Miracle Meat]

Thursday, 26 January 2012

First 2 thoughts on waking up today: 1. Why am I in hospital ? 2. What kind of hospital uses bacon strip Band-Aid ?

A new study published in the Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology are recommending a new method of treating uncontrollable nosebleeds and it involves packing the nasal cavity with the yummy, cured salted pork.

Here is the description from the report:

"Cured salted pork crafted as a nasal tampon and packed within the nasal vaults successfully stopped nasal hemorrhage promptly, effectively, and without sequelae... To our knowledge, this represents the first description of nasal packing with strips of cured pork for treatment of life-threatening hemorrhage in a patient with Glanzmann thrombasthenia."

Apparently this pork packing technique isn’t new and has been around since before the 1940’s when Washington University School of Medicine, in St Louis regularly used it as described below:

“It has not been uncommon in the St Louis Children's Hospital service to have a child request that salt pork be inserted in his nose with the first sign of a nosebleed ... Wedges of salt pork have saved a great deal of time and energy when used in controlling nasal haemorrhage, as seen in cases of leukemia, haemophilia ... hypertension ... measles or typhoid fever and during the third stage of labour".


Flickr Photo Credit: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) by Daragh Ward

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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