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How and When to Use 5 Different Types of Bandages

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We all know that there are various types of bandages, but do you know how to use each of them and when? Just in case you don't, read on to find, out so that you know what to do the next time someone gets a nasty cut.

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Strip Bandage

These are the readymade bandages that you can buy from the shop and can apply quickly to cover up a small or relatively superficial wound. They come with their own adhesive, gauze, and maybe even a dab of antibiotic ointment. Band-Aid is the most common example of a strip bandage. They should be changed just like any other type of bandage and you should always make sure that the gauze portion in the middle is bigger than the actual wound while choosing a size or shape.A useful cut finger tip to remember is that your first priority should be on stopping the wound from bleeding as quickly as possible, before applying any ointment or bandage.

Wrap Bandage

This is what you should be using if the area is too large to be covered by a strip bandage. They are ideal for expansive injuries on the limbs because these can easily be wrapped around them. Keep in mind that elastic or wrap bandages are not meant to be used directly on the wound itself. You will need to wrap up the wound with sterilized gauze and antibiotic ointment first, before applying the bandage to hold everything in place. You can either use tape or clips to fasten the end of the wrap bandage.

Pressure Bandage

Certain injuries need pressure on them to keep them from bleeding. Pressure bandages are generally used only when the wound is pretty serious and bleeding is heavy. A thick, padded piece of gauze covers the wound while another thin layer of gauze is wrapped around the thick piece with relative tightness. Once the wrapping is done, secure the ends with medical-grade adhesive tape.

Doughnut Bandage

When a wound contains fragments of the actual object that caused the puncture, you will need a doughnut bandage to cover it up. As you can probably guess, it's an O shaped bandage that helps in relieving pressure around the wound and doesn't cover up the opening like a normal bandage would. Use tape or gauze to hold it in place until the foreign object can be removed.

Tensor Bandage

If the cut is extremely severe, you will need more than just a normal pressure bandage to maintain pressure on the wound, and that's exactly where tensors come in. The thick elastic used to make these bandages is extremely effective in stopping blood loss, and that's why they are used after amputations, whether accidental or medical. Do remember to cover the area well with gauze first though.

Getting your finger cut by the kitchen knife is a very common accident, but that doesn't make it any less dangerous or painful. Nevertheless, now you know what bandage to use and when, until you receive professional help at a hospital if needed.