1. What is bandaging?
Bandaging is the process of using a piece of material to cover wounds, keep dressings in place, control bleeding by applying pressure, or to support a medical device like a splint in place. It is usually a piece of cloth of required size and shape. It protects the body part from external contamination, prevents drying and movement, and absorbs drainage.
2. What are the types of bandaging?
There are four main types of bandages, namely, gauze, compression, tube, and triangular. Different types of bandaging are used for different kinds of injuries. According to the use or purpose, bandaging may be classified as crepe bandages, conforming bandages, and plaster of Paris bandages.
3. What is the difference between bandaging and dressing?
The purpose of applying a dressing to a wound is to promote its healing and prevent further harm. A dressing is designed to remain directly in contact with the wound. On the other hand, a bandage is used for holding a dressing in place.
4. How is bandaging helpful?
Bandaging is helpful in protecting wounds and promoting healing. Bandages help in providing, removing, or retaining moisture. Another use of bandages is to hold dressings in place, thus making the patient comfortable while relieving the pain.
5. Is it okay to cover stitches with a bandage?
Yes. Usually, stitches need to be covered with bandages for a period of 24 to 48 hours, or as directed by the doctor. Covering the stitches with bandages becomes essential when the wound is draining fluid or is rubbing against clothing.