First Aid & Safety Tips : How to Bandage a Wound

You know one of the common injuries that occurs
is the simple every day wound. Hi, I’m Captain Joe Bruni. And what we’re going to talk about
and discuss is how to dress a common wound during first aid procedures. The common wound
can occur on any part of the body. It can be minor or major in nature. One of the first
things that you want to determine is that working on the victim, that has incurred such
an injury, is in an area that is safe. So scene safety it utmost importance. If some
type of latex or medical glove is available, put these medical or latex gloves on. To not
protect yourself from further injury or disease, or from contamination of the wound itself.
The wound itself should be cleaned and dressed by some type of soap and water, antiseptic,
hydrogen peroxide or even rubbing alcohol. After the debris and dirt have been removed
and the area cleansed, some type of dressing should be applied. The dressing could be small
in nature, such as this small gauze pad. Or large in nature such as this larger gauze
pad. Remember to apply some time of antibacterial ointment to the gauze pad, if its available
. And then place it over top of the wound site. Making sure that the dressing extends
about half an inch beyond the wound or the site itself. Then some type of adhesive tape,
like medical tape, or athletic tape can be used to apply to the edges of the bandage
to hold it in place. After that, assess the injury site to make sure the patient still
has feeling in the general area, and there is no numbness or tingling. If the area needs
to be washed, some type of plastic covering can be placed over the bandage to keep it
dry. Or as dry as possible. And then reevaluate the injury for secondary infection and contamination.
Which will show itself by increased reddening and swelling. I’m Captain Joe Bruni on how
to dress a common first aid wound.

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