08 July 2005

Tips on using bandages

Do you know how to use a bandage correctly? And how to remove them painlessly? Learn how.

Fingers or toes should always be exposed in order to check on the circulation beyond a bandage. When applying a bandage, and also ten minutes thereafter, check for the following signs that could indicate that the bandage might be too tight:
  • you feel a tingling feeling or numbness in your toes or fingers, or you can’t move them
  • the tips of the toes or fingernail are cold, or appear blue or pale
  • an injured arm has no pulse, or a weaker pulse compared to the other one.

Removing an adhesive bandage painlessly
Soak the area in a mixture of warm water and salt – a ¼ teaspoon of salt to 1 litres of water, or use a cotton bud saturated in baby oil to moisten the adhesive fully.


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