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When to remove bandages after surgery

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When to remove bandages after surgery

Tape bandages protect wounds and scabs from friction, bacteria, damage, and dust. As a result, the body's healing process is less disturbed. Some dressings have antiseptic properties. An additional function is to connect the two incisions of the skin together to speed up the healing process. This article is written so as to help you get a better understanding of bandages.


Here are the main points of the article

What types of bandages are there?

How do one apply a bandage?

When should you remove bandages?


What types of bandages are there?

There are four main types of bandages: gauze bandages, compression bandages, triangular bandages, and tubular bandages. Bandages made of cloth or paper are very versatile.

1.    Gauze bandages: The most common bandages are gauze bandages, a simple braid material, or a braid material with a Telfa absorbent barrier to prevent sticking to the wound. Gauze bandages can be of any width and length and can be used for almost any bandage application, including fixed dressings.

2.    Compression bandages: The term "compression bandage" describes a wide variety of bandages, with many different applications. Short stretch compression bandages are applied to limbs (usually to treat lymphedema or venous ulcers). The bandage shortens the limbs after use, so there is no increased pressure when immobile. This dynamic, known as resting stress, is considered safe and comfortable for long-term treatment. Conversely, the stability of the bandage creates a very high tensile resistance when pressure is applied through internal muscle contraction and joint movement. This force is called working pressure. Long stretch compression bandages have long stretch properties, which means their high compression power can be easily adjusted. However, they also have a high resting pressure that must be removed at night or when the patient is in a resting state.

3.    Triangular bandages: Also known as a tie bandage, a triangular bandage is a piece of cloth placed in a right triangle and usually secured with a pin. It can be used as a full spread bandage, folded as a normal bandage, or for special applications, such as on the head. One advantage of this bandage is that it can be temporary, made from a rag or a piece of clothing. Scouts popularized the bandages in many first-aid classes because the "scarf" that forms part of the uniform folds easily into a tie.

4.    Tube bandages: A tubular bandage is applied with an applicator and woven into a continuous circle. It is used to attach dressings or splints to limbs, or to provide support for sprains and strains, and to stop bleeding.


How do one apply a bandage?

The key to using bandages are:

  • Make sure the patient feels comfortable and knows what you're doing.

  • Work on the injured side so you don't have to lean on them.

  • Place the injured part where the bandage was applied.

  • Use the right size bandage different parts of the bandage need different width.

  • When dressing a limb, avoid covering the fingers or toes to check blood circulation.

  • Tie the bandage tightly, but not too tightly, fold it up and tie a knot at the end. You can also use safety pins, tape or bandage holders.

  • Once the bandage is on, ask if the patient feels too tight and check circulation by pressing on the nail or a piece of skin until the skin turns white. If the color doesn't return immediately, the bandage may be too tight, so you should relax it. Limbs can swell up after an injury, so check circulation every 10 minutes after you put on the bandage.


When should you remove bandages?

In some cases, your bandage should be removed the day after the operation. It depends on the location of the operation, the severity of the operation and the incision. Most wounds do not need dressing after a few days. However, you can decide to protect the incision with a bandage.


The article above has discussed what bandages are, what are the types, how to apply them as well as when to remove them. You shall have a better understanding of bandages after reading this article, we are also glad to answer any further questions.

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