Can we use cloth as a dressing or bandage?

Types of bandages

Ankle sprains are common injuries that you can suffer either while playing sports or from a simple fall in the street. At first you may think that they are easy to heal, but you have to take into account several aspects such as a good bandage, rest time and a good subsequent rehabilitation, and is that otherwise, you can suffer sequelae of the injury as instability when walking or chronic pain.

There is a great variety of bandages and material available to make a functional bandage, which will depend on the severity of the injury or the affected area: elastic adhesive bandages, non-adhesive bandages, cohesive bandages, pre-tape bandages, scissors, foam rubber…

Cohesive elastic bandages are coated with a thin adhesive mass on both sides that makes it adhere to itself without sticking to the skin. They are breathable, waterproof, elastic and comfortable, and because they stick to themselves, there is no need to use adhesive tape.

Crepe bandages are non-adhesive elastic bandages, recommended to make a compressive bandage to promote venous return or when there is an inflamed area. They can be washed and dried, are reusable and do not lose their elasticity.

Vendaje rígido

Chilcott M. Vendaje de heridas. En: Fowler GC, ed. Pfenninger and Fowler’s Procedures for Primary Care. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:cap 33.Smith SF, Duell DJ, Martin BC, Gonzalez L, Aebersold M. Wound care and dressing. En: Smith SF, Duell DJ, Martin BC, Gonzalez L, Aebersold M, eds. Clinical Nursing Skills: Basic to Advanced Skills. 9th ed. Nueva York, NY: Pearson; 2016:cap 25.

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Versión en inglés revisada por: Debra G. Wechter, MD, FACS, Práctica de Cirugía General Especializada en Cáncer de Mama, Centro Médico Virginia Mason, Seattle, WA. También revisada por David Zieve, MD, MHA, Director Médico, Brenda Conaway, Directora Editorial, y el equipo editorial de A.D.A.M. Traducción y localización realizada por: DrTango, Inc.

Compression Bandage

When treating a chronic wound at home, Byram offers a wide selection of traditional commercial brands and advanced dressings. Our chronic wound program helps reduce costs without compromising quality of care.

Traditional wound care dressing products are generally used as primary or secondary dressings to protect the wound from contamination. These products include gauze, lint, plaster, bandages (natural or synthetic) and absorbent cotton.

Advanced wound dressings are generally indicated by clinicians following consultation with a physician or hospital. The benefits of using advanced wound dressings include reduced healing time, optimized drainage and reduced risk of infection.

Apply a thin (coin-sized) layer of the gel to the base of the wound and cover with gauze or other secondary dressing. 2. Apply the gel to the gauze and then place the gauze face down in contact with the wound. Cover with a secondary dressing and tape.

Circular bandage

Tape is one of the most commonly used disposable materials in nursing, and one of the basic elements that should not be missing in a first aid kit. Even outside of a purely professional environment, the adhesive tape is one of the elements that we use the most in our own homes.

Its definition is very simple, a resistant fabric material composed, on one side, of an adhesive side used to hold bandages or gauze to the skin, immobilize an area or exert pressure, and on the other side, different non-adherent materials.

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As mentioned above, since its invention, the adhesive plaster has evolved and a wide variety of plasters have been created to adapt to the type of treatment to be performed or to the different types of skin of the patient.

The fabric plasters are manufactured in fabric of high permeability to water and water vapor, also has a high adhesion. Their main characteristics are: highly breathable, highly adaptable, extensible and highly porous. Suitable for areas of high contact due to its high permeability and adaptability.

Can we use cloth as a dressing or bandage?
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