Elastic bandages are mostly used as secondary materials in wound care. This means that they are not used directly on the wound. Instead they follow the application of other materials that are usually sterile. The idea of using an elastic bandage is to hold the primary dressing in place. Where cohesive and adherent bandages have been used, it may not be necessary to use elastic bandages.
A good quality elastic bandage can be used for more than once. It can be cleaned after each use or more depending on the wound care environment.
Elastic bandage wraps sizes are determined by their width. The smallest is 2 inches while the widest is 6 inches. The length varies but can be as long as 4 meters.
To maintain the desired compression and support, the way the elastic bandage is fastened is important. There are two main options to achieve this. One is to use clips that come with some types of bandages or use the hook and loop that is available in bandages from some manufacturers.There are special types of elastic dressing for special wound care situations. Tubular elastic bandages are used in areas of circumferential dressings. They hold primary dressings with minimal compression thus reducing the risk of compartment syndrome.
At MDSupplies, there are many types of elastic bandages to meet all your wound and skin care needs.