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Using Bandages

Place padding material between ankles, knees and other hollows if they have to be tied together.

health and fitness Updated: Sep 30, 2003 21:42 IST
PTI

Usually it is enough to use the other (uninjured) limb or the body of the victim as the splint. The upper limb can be supported by the body, and the lower limb by the other limb provided that also is not fractured. Most fractures except those of the forearm can be immobilised in this manner:

Do not apply bandage over the area of the fracture.

The bandaging should be firm so that there is no movement of the fractured ends but should not be too tight as blood circulation to the affected area could be reduced. If there is further swelling of the injured area, the bandage may be too tight and therefore may need to be loosened.

Always place padding material between the ankles, knees and other hollows if they have to be tied together so that when the limbs are bound together they are comfortable and steady.

If the patient is lying down, the bandage should be passed through the natural hollows like the neck, the lower part of the trunk, knees, just above the ankles etc., so that the patient’s body is not jarred.

Always tie the knots on the sound side.

(Source: Webhealthcentre.com)

First Published: Sep 30, 2003 21:42 IST