Types of Bandages

Growing up every baseball game, bike ride or camping trip ended up the same way, my mom pouring hydrogen peroxide over a cut or scrape and slapping a Band-Aid® on it. It always did the trick, a few days later the wound was healed, it’s all magic to a child, but, in reality, bandages play a significant role in effective wound care.

You might define a bandage as a material such as gauze or adhesive-backed fabric to protect, immobilize, compress or support a wound or injured a part of the body.

There are many that would group wound dressings and bandages in the same category but for the purposes of this article, we’ll separate bandages into its own category.

What are the options?

Self -Adherent Wrap

Self -Adherent Wrap bandage is a self-adherent, cohesive wrap that sticks to itself but not to skin, hair or dressings. It is a secondary dressing that functions like a tape to retain dressings without tension around digits or limbs. Its comfortable, porous and lightweight construction encourages patient compliance.

3M Coban Self-Adherent Wrap - Sterile
 

Conforming Bandage

Conforming Bandage gently secures to body contours without the restriction of movement and accommodates an increase or decrease in swelling. The uniquely constructed weave and finished edges help eliminate unraveling and lint. The combination of rayon and polyester helps the bandage to provide stretch memory when applied.

AMD MediStretch Conforming Bandage
 

Adhesive Bandages

The non-adherent pad protects granulating tissue and the hypoallergenic adhesive provides long-lasting protection.

3M Steri-Strip Antimicrobial Adhesive Skin Closure Strip
 

Elastic Bandages

Elastic bandages are knitted, breathable, and suited for general use support and compression. This 90% cotton and 10% polyester bandage serves as an ideal secondary bandage. Clips are required to secure it to itself.

3M ACE Elastic Bandage With Hook Closure
 

Specialty bandages are available to protect sensitive skin, cushion bony areas, prevent ulcers, blisters, corns or chaffing.

Healing isn’t magic

It’s science, whether it’s as simple as a small adhesive bandage or a specialty bandage always follow the wound care plan prescribed by your doctor or medical professional. Patient compliance in the use of bandages is the best course for proper and timely wound recovery.

 

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