Russian infantry soldiers have encountered many small drone-dropped grenades. Such a small grenade usually explodes on the ground, i.e. its shrapnel effect is strongest at the height of the lower limbs and hips. The general instruction is to aim to throw yourself away from the grenade and point your feet towards it.
When such a wounded soldier is brought to medical aid, the priority is always to stop major bleeding, i.e. to treat major arteries and internal bleeding.
Since a soldier often has several injuries, a treatment decision has to be made. Often, the splinter impact on the aforementioned area also causes injuries to the genital area. A person has a lot of blood circulation in these areas and the easiest treatment, especially for damage to the testicles or the arteries leading to them, is surgical removal of the testicles. Also, it is often easiest to treat penile swelling tissue damage by removing the damaged area.
Of course, complex operations will not be carried out under field conditions. Thus, according to internal sources, the Russian army has brought a familiar tool from agriculture to the field medical posts.
The so-called elastrator is a tool that is used to stretch a very strong small rubber band around the animal's scrotum, leaving the testicles outside the rubber band. This prevents bleeding and results in clean castration, either by causing necrosis of the testicles and surrounding skin, or allowing the testicles to be removed with a suitable knife. Necrotic testicles and scrotum usually fall off in goats and sheep approx. 1 to 2 weeks after placing the rubber band. Castration through necrosis is not recommended for humans, instead an elastator is used to stop bleeding during castration and during the healing period after it. Often, no other wound closure is needed.