What are some minor complications that can occur during bandaging?
As with bandages that are too tight or too loose, abrasions can occur if there is insufficient padding, particularly with casts and splints. Too little padding can also lead to complications (eg, skin excoriations, pressure ulcers over prominences that are not appropriately protected).
What injuries are bandages used for?
If you’ve injured your hand, bandages can reduce swelling, restrict movement, and provide support to the muscles, bones, and joints. Certain hand injuries may heal better when bandaged. These include: fractures, sprains, and strains.
What is bandage strikethrough?
“Strikethrough” occurs when fluid soaks from an incision or wound to the surface of a bandage. If you think that an area of discoloration on the bandage may be the result of strikethrough, the bandage should be evaluated or changed promptly (within one day).
What are the three layers of bandages?
When constructing bandages, several principles must be followed to avoid complications. The bandages should be sufficiently padded, applied evenly and snugly, composed of three layers (primary, secondary, and tertiary), and placed to avoid traumatizing the newly formed granulation tissue or epithelium.
What can result if a bandage is applied too tightly?
A bandage that’s too tight can cut off circulation completely. Swelling at either end of the bandage, numbness or tingling, or discoloration means the bandage is too tight and needs to be adjusted. – Leave the fingers and toes unwrapped, exposed, and free to move.
What do you think would happen if bandaging was incorrectly applied to an injury?
A carelessly or improperly applied bandage can cause discomfort to the patient; in many instances it may expose the wound to danger of infection; it may even imperil the life of the patient.
How long should you leave a bandage on?
Leave the bandage in place and dry for 24 hours. When removing the bandage after 24 hours, and it feels like the bandage is sticking to your wound, pour water onto the bandage to get it wet and gently and slowly remove the bandage. If you rip the bandage off while it is stuck it can start bleeding.
When should you apply a bandage?
apply the bandage firmly, but not tightly, and secure the end by folding it over and tying a knot in the end. You can also use a safety pin, tape or a bandage clip. as soon as the bandage is on, ask if it feels too tight and check the circulation by pressing on a fingernail or a piece of skin until it turns pale.
What are the stages of wound healing?
Wound healing is classically divided into 4 stages: (A) hemostasis, (B) inflammation, (C) proliferation, and (D) remodeling. Each stage is characterized by key molecular and cellular events and is coordinated by a host of secreted factors that are recognized and released by the cells of the wounding response.