15-12 Dressings and Bandages

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Dressings and Bandages
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Dressings Dressings Sterile covering placed over wound or injured part Used to control bleeding, absorb blood and secretions, prevent infection and ease pain Dressings are held in place with tape or a bandage
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Dressings Types of materials – Gauze pads in a variety of sizes – Compresses with thick absorbent material – Avoid fluff cotton because loose cotton fibers may contaminate the wound – Handkerchief or pillowcase may be used in emergency
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Bandages Bandages Materials used to hold dressings in place, to secure splints and to support and protect body parts Apply snugly enough to control bleeding and prevent movement of dressing, but not so tightly that they interfere with circulation
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Bandages Types of materials – Roller gauze bandages Come in variety of widths Common ones are 1-, 2-, and 3-inch widths Used to hold dressings in place on almost any part of the body
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Bandages – Triangular bandages Used to secure dressings on head/scalp or as a sling At times used as covering for large body part such as hand, foot or shoulder
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