A bandage is primarily used to stop the player from bleeding by applying it to the wound. It can be used if the wound is a scratch, bite, gunshot, stitch, glass, bleeding, deep, infected or burn and will stop bleeding entirely. After some time, depending on the wound, the bandage will become a dirty bandage, which once removed will grant the player some first aid experience.
If a bleeding wound is left untreated, the player will continue to lose health until they eventually die. Leaving a wound untreated can also lead to it becoming infected depending on the player's clothing, the type of wound and whether a dirty bandage is left on. A dirty bandage can be left on a wound to stop the bleeding, however this will give the wound the highest possible chance of becoming infected, therefore is not advised. Instead, once a bandage becomes dirty, it should be removed and replaced by a clean bandage.
An infected wound can be treated by applying a sterilized bandage to the wound. It is best used prior to the wound getting infected however, this is due to it stopping the possibility of infection entirely. Sterilized bandages have the same rate of becoming dirty as regular bandages.
Types of wounds
In most cases, applying a bandage, whether it be sterilized or not, increases the rate of healing. The only exception to this rule is when applied to a stitch, which will actually decrease the healing rate, therefore taking longer to heal. On top of this, using a non-sterilized bandage can cause infection to occur.
Type of wound
Healing rate (unbandaged)
Healing rate (bandaged)
Healing rate of bandaged wounds.
30 5 (deep wound)
60 Sterilized Bandage
Note: the values in this table are arbitrary and are used purely as an example for comparing the different variables. The actual game values/mechanics are much more complicated than what is displayed here.
Dirty bandages can be cleaned with water, returning them to a regular bandage.