How To Dress And Bandage A Wound


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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.

Here’s how:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  2. Put on disposable gloves to prevent contact with the victim’s blood.
  3. Clean the wound with mild soap and water.
  4. 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.

Here’s how:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Here’s how:

  1. Wrap roller gauze or cloth strips over the dressing and around the wound several times.
  2. Extend the bandage at least an inch beyond both sides of the dressing.
  3. Don’t wrap the bandage so tight that it interferes with blood flow to healthy tissue.
  4. 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.

Here’s how:

  1. Tie or tape the bandage in place.
  2. Check circulation to make sure the bandage isn’t too tight.
  3. Change the dressing 2 times a day or whenever it gets soiled.
  4. 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.