What Are Bandages Used For?

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Bandages are widely used in the treatment of trauma patients, including elastic bandages and ordinary bandages. After plaster external fixation for fractured patients, bandages should be applied to local bandages to play a fixed role. Choose to use bandage suspension, and at the same time pay attention to observe the blood in the peripheral, open the bandage in time to change the dressing, and promote the healing of the wound. For patients after lower extremity varicose vein surgery, elastic bandages can be selected for compression and hemostasis.

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Classification and use of medical bandages

(1) Classification of medical bandages: Medical bandages are divided into cotton gauze bandages and elastic bandages.

(2) Use of medical bandages: Whether it is a gauze bandage or an elastic bandage, its main purpose is to bandage or fix it.

①Cotton gauze bandage: It is mainly used for dressing and fixation after in vitro wound dressing in hospital surgery and family.

②Elastic bandage: It is mainly used for the retention bandage of patients with varicose veins of lower extremities and orthopedics to improve blood circulation and prevent swelling of limbs. It can also replace the multi-head abdominal belt after surgery, and can be used for compression bandaging or general trauma bandaging of different parts of the human body.

The medical bandage is soft and breathable, easy and fast to use, less dosage, will not slip off, and will not affect blood circulation.

The key points when applying a bandage are:

  • make sure the person is comfortable and tell them what you're doing

  • work from the side of the injury so you do not have to lean across their body

  • keep the injured part of the body supported in the position it'll be in when the bandage is on

  • use the right size bandage – different parts of the body need different widths of bandage

  • avoid covering fingers or toes when bandaging a limb so you can easily check the circulation

  • apply the bandage firmly, but not tightly, and secure the end by folding it over and tying a knot in the end. You can also use a safety pin, tape or a bandage clip

  • as soon as the bandage is on, ask if it feels too tight and check the circulation by pressing on a fingernail or a piece of skin until it turns pale. If the colour does not return straight away, the bandage may be too tight, so you should loosen it. Limbs can swell up after an injury, so check the circulation every 10 minutes after you have put the bandage on

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