Pressure bandages are effectively used to control bleeding. These bandages provide a safe alternative to holding pressure manually. With pressure bandages, the focus is on controlling the bleeding directly on the wound.
When are pressure bandages used?
If there is a need to use the feet and hands, pressure bandages must be a suitable option than a tourniquet or holding direct pressure manually.
Pressure bandages are available in various sizes and shapes but there are some pre-made dressing in various grades.
Types of pressure bandages
The Israeli bandages utilize a small plastic frame that focuses pressure directly on the wound. The bandage is wrapped around the limb or head and through the frame with the bar positioned straight above the injury. The direction of the bandage is reversed, and the bar is driven on the wound.
With these pressure bandages, they are only useful if applied correctly with enough pressure.
Some pressure bandages include additives known as hemostatic agents. These additives arouse clotting via different formulations.
The hemostatic agents are sold as moveable, granular substances which can be poured directly into the wound.
One type of pressure bandages that functions differently is to pack the wound. This still works as pressure but applied on the wound from the inside instead externally. The idea is to pack the wound with gauze that expands as it soaks up any leftover blood.
In most cases, a bandage designed for packing has extra bandaging that can be inserted into a bullet wound one finger at a tome or positioned into a laceration back and forth until the gauze is flush with the skin at its opening.
Once the wound is packed, it should be wrapped with a plain bandage to ensure that the packing material is within the injury.
Quick Note / Disclaimer
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