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Accidents happen, and when they do, it’s important to know how to properly dress and bandage a wound.
Whether it’s a small cut or a larger injury, taking the right steps can help prevent infection and promote healing.
In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about dressing and bandaging a wound, from cleaning the wound to securing the bandage.
Step 1: Clean the Wound
Before you can dress and bandage a wound, you need to clean it properly.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- Put on disposable gloves to prevent contact with the victim’s blood.
- Clean the wound with mild soap and water.
- Apply a small layer of topical antibiotic if desired.
Step 2: Dress the Wound
Once the wound is clean, it’s time to apply a dressing.
- Place a clean dressing over 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 3: Cover the Bandage
After the dressing is in place, it’s time to 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.
- Use adhesive bandages to cover small wounds that are likely to come in contact with clothing or dirt.
Step 4: Secure the Bandage
The final step is to secure the bandage in place.
- Tie or tape the bandage in place.
- Check circulation to make sure the bandage isn’t too tight.
- Change the dressing 2 times a day or whenever it gets soiled.
- Replace the bandage if you see blood soaking through.
Dressing and bandaging a wound may seem intimidating, but with the right steps, it’s a simple process that can help prevent infection and promote healing.
Remember to always clean the wound, apply a dressing, cover the bandage, and secure it in place.
If you have any concerns about a wound, seek medical attention.