It's interesting how you conveniently avoided answering my question (although you do have a limited point regarding clotting agents). Then again, we both know that the answer is "use the emergency dressing". Anyone that says anything else is either a liar or have absolutely no knowledge of, well pretty much anything. So why should one use a maxi pad instead of a proper bandage setup? Cost is the only thing that springs to mind, but that's about it.