What incidents need a bandage as first aid? In many cases, you can use an adhesive bandage to cover minor cuts, scrapes, or burns. To cover and protect larger wounds, you might need to apply a clean gauze pad or roller bandage.
The act of covering a break or cut in skin can help in controlling the bleeding to avoid further infection. What do you need to cover? First is called dressing pads or gauze it is a cloth that placed directly against the wound to absorb blood and fluids coming out from the wound and the next is cloth bandages these are used to cover the dressing to properly hold it in place. We will show some illustration that shows how to do it as well as the proper steps:
Step 1. Dress the wound
- Wear proper gloves or medical gloves to avoid direct contact on the victim’s blood or add up an infection.
- Run the wound in soapy water.
- You can apply topical antibiotics if available.
- Gently place the clean dressing covering the entire wound.
- Gauze dressings let in air for faster healing.
- Nonstick dressings have a special surface that won't cling to the wound.
- If blood soaks through the dressing, place another dressing over the first one.
Step 2. Cover the bandage
- Wrap roller gauze or cloth strips over the dressing and around the wound several times.
- Extend the bandage at least an inch beyond both sides of the dressing.
- Don't wrap the bandage so tight that it interferes with blood flow to healthy tissue.
Step 3. Secure the bandage
- Tie or tape the bandage in place.
- Don't secure the bandage so tight that fingers or toes become pale or blue.
Step 4. Check circulation
- Check circulation in the area below the bandage after several minutes and again after several hours.
- If circulation is poor, the skin may look pale or blue or feel cold.
- Signs of poor circulation also include numbness and tingling.
- If circulation is reduced, loosen the bandage immediately. If symptoms continue, seek medical attention.