This basic multi-use first aid item can be used:
♦ Folded as a thick rectangle of cloth placed over a large wound; it functions like a trauma pad, absorbing blood and helping to stop bleeding.
♦ A second cravat can be used to wrap the wound and trauma pad. In this usage, it functions like first-aid tape, to hold the trauma pad in place.
♦ On an injured arm, a triangular bandage can be used as a sling, to support the arm in a bent position over the chest. A second cravat (folded as a long band) can be used around the torso as a swathe, to immobilize the arm against the chest.
♦ With a broken leg, the leg can be immobilized with a stiff object between the legs and a couple of cravats to tie the legs together.
♦ On a sprained ankle or wrist, a cravat can be used like a compression bandage to wrap and support the appendage.
♦ In the case of a head wound, a triangular bandage can be wrapped over the forehead and around the top of the head to cover the wound.
♦ It can also be used as a bandana.