There is no comparison.

As the Primary Instructor for Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) course, I have trained over 1000 Special Operations soldiers/sailors/airmen on the HemCon dressing before they go overseas. In my opinion, it is head and shoulders above the gauze we carried to stop bleeding; in fact, there is no comparison. Every soldier should have this dressing in their kit whenever they go in harm’s way. From the after-action reviews I have read, as well as the paper LTC (Dr.) John McManus has written on its extensive use on the battlefield, it has more than proven itself as a lifesaver.

Medical Officer U.S. Military