Want An Easier Way To Apply Pressure To A Wound? You Need A Uflex Bandage

When you are out on an adventure or in the throes of a big DIY project and the unthinkable happens you can find yourself trying to bandage a bleeding wound and stop it from gushing. This can be hard to do for yourself, especially if you are trying to do it with just one hand. It is time for the Uflex Compress -- a single bandage and compress device that can be applied quickly and easily with just one hand.Uflex CompressUflex Compress

Uflex is currently one of the finalists for the James Dyson Award and the prize of $45,000. The James Dyson Award is meant to help encourage, inspire, and celebrate new generations of design engineers. It is open to current and recent design engineering student and run by the James Dyson Foundation. The ideas entered in the competition are a great way for the rest of us to see what the next generation of designers is ready to bring to the world. 

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This idea reminds me of one of those old slap bracelets -- but this one is on steroids. The basic frame work of the Uflex is a strip of retractable metal. It is covered with an inflatable bandage material secured with Velcro. The fabric is made of two compartments filled with polyol and isocyanate. Once Uflex is in place and rolled firmly around the wound, the partition between the compartments breaks and allows the two liquids to mix and inflate. Voilà! Your wound is safely and cleanly covered and pressure is being applied.

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Having the Uflex in place leaves you free to deal with trying to get help and dealing with the fact that you are probably going into shock as well. You need to make sure that you cover up and stay warm so that you don't add the danger of hypothermia to your problems.

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The Uflex is packaged in a size that should fit into most first aid kits -- not to mention backpacks, fanny packs, glove compartments, and medicine chests -- so that you can it have at the ready at almost any time. You will be ready to tend to a wound in a hurry even if you are alone.

Hopefully the French designers Julian Loïs and Ines Bihan of L'Ecole de design Nantes Atlantique in France will be able to get this product into the marketplace soon. It could save many lives.

Sources: James Dyson Award, Behance

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