Bandage : What is it?
Bandages are strips of cloths wrapped around wounded body parts to prevent bleeding and swelling. They are made of cotton and elastic materials secured by adhesives, clips, or pins.
They are used as first-aid treatment for injuries such as open wounds, sprains, strains, and contusions. They are available in different colors, widths, and lengths.
Kinds of Bandages include the following:
- Roller bandages are made of elastic and non-elastic materials like cotton and gauze.
- They are available in different widths depending on the body part to be bandaged such as the arms, fingers, knees, ankles, and legs.
- They are used to cover dressings and compress contusions, strains, and sprains.
- Triangular bandages are usually made of cotton muslin preshrunk into 40-inch squares.
- They can be used as head dressing covers, arm slings, and tourniquet or splint bindings.
- They are secured by safety pins.
- Self-adhesive bandages are used for light compressions to stop the bleeding and prevent bruising and swelling.
- They are available in assorted colors, lengths, and widths.
|Self-adhesive bandages: Choose a self-adhesive bandage that you can easily wrap around the affected body part without using pins or clips. These bandages do not easily ravel because of their adhesive qualities.|
Avoid wrapping bandages too tightly as this can impede circulation and aggravate the injury.
Look out for signs of very tightly wrapped bandages like pale or blue skin color, hampered movement, blue toenail or fingernail shades, and coldness in the feet and arms. Loosen the bandage right away if you see any of these signs.
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