An elastic bandage is a flexible, rolled bandage specifically created to be wrapped around a body part such as the arm or leg for added support. These bandages are available in various sizes.
When should I use an elastic bandage?
An elastic bandage provides firm pressure to any damaged body part. It works by reducing the swelling and alleviate the pain. It also provides some support to the injured site, but there is a need to use a brace or splint for added support and protection during sports or other activities. In addition, the bandage can also be utilized to prevent some sports injuries.
The bandage can also be used to secure an ice pack over the injury. Place several loops of the bandage around the injury initially and place the ice pack over the bandage. Roll the remaining bandage around the ice pack to secure it tightly against the body.
How to use one
When wrapping an elastic bandage around a damaged body part, the following must be done:
- Position one end of the bandage beneath the injured site
- Cover up and throughout the body part, overlying around half of the bandage with every loop.
- The tip of the wrap must stop above the site of the injury.
- Utilize clips or tape to secure the endpoint of the bandage in position.
Make sure that the bandage is firmly wrapped but not too tight. If too tight, it might disrupt the flow of blood to the site of injury and trigger swelling. Continue using the bandage until the injured site is no longer swollen or painful.
More Information / Disclaimer
The information posted on this page on an elastic bandage is for learning purposes only. Learn how to properly use an elastic bandage by taking a standard first aid course with Toronto First Aid.