Rags can be found in medical centers or can be made by tearing up shirts into rags, by right-clicking on them and selecting the “tear into rags” option. Tearing a shirt into rags will destroy the shirt. Depending on the type of shirt, it can provide up to 4 individual rags (standard shirt up to two rags, pocketed shirts up to four rags).
Shirts must be unequipped or on the ground in order to tear it into rags. Rags can not be created from damp or wet shirts. If the clothing contains something, the content will be destroyed.
Rags can be used to stop bleeding. Using non pristine rags for bandaging can cause infections. It is recommended that they are cleaned with Alcohol Tincture or Disinfectant Spray., otherwise you risk developing an infection.
Before using rags, an injured player must first determine if they are bleeding or not. Bleeding may be indicated by a bleeding message in the HUD. Bleeding may also be shown as a stream of blood gushing from a player, although this is not always present, as in the case of broken bones. A low level of blood, which may be indicative of bleeding, may be shown by a general desaturation of a player’s screen.
A player may use a rag either on themselves or on another player. Before applying rags, it is recommended to clear the area of threats or allow for enough time to administer the rag safely, for obvious reasons. To apply a rag to oneself, the inventory must be opened [Tab] and there must be a rag present. By right-clicking a rag and selecting “Bandage Myself” from the menu that appears. Bandaging takes approximately ten seconds, during which the players is vulnerable to attack and cannot move without ‘breaking’ the animation which means having to bandage again.
To bandage another player, one must be within range for the context option “Apply Bandage” to appear when using the context menu (middle mouse button for default action, scroll for context menu, backspace to cancel). To bandage others, the rag must be placed in the hand slot.
- ^ As infections are not yet active in 0.46, non pristine Rags are just as good as regular bandages.