A compression bandage is typically used for its ability to apply sustained pressure to a wound or injury. It has elasticity and can be wrapped around both limb and torso for fairly broad application. Compression bandages are also sometimes referred to as an elastic bandage.
There are two common types of compression bandage and are used for different tasks.
Types of Compression Bandages
Short stretch compression bandage – can be shortened easily when applied around a limb. It will not continue to tighten over time and can be left on during inactivity. This type of bandage is commonly used to treat venous ulcers and lymphedema.
Long stretch compression bandage – much longer and capable of various levels of pressure. This type of bandage is very common in both therapy and trauma management, but must be removed during rest or inactivity. The main benefit of long stretch compression bandages is it is highly adjustable for different circumstances and can support one in times of activity.
Common Uses for Compression Bandages
- Treating sprained ankles and wrists
- Treating swelling conditions
- Treating venous ulcers
- Treating serious bleeding injuries
Compression Bandage Alternative for Bleeding
The treatment of intense bleeding has often depended on various compression techniques including using tourniquets and compression bandages. Studies have shown that these types of treatments are comparatively ineffective to modern solutions such as hemostatic bandages.
A common emergency method for stopping bleeding with a compression bandage and gauze involves cleaning the wound, placing the gauze on the wound, and then applying the compression bandage to restrict blood flow to the wound. The inherent problem with this method is the natural binding of the clot to the gauze bandage which must be removed to either stitch or heal. By removing the gauze the wound will simply re-open and the bleeding will continue.
Tourniquets have been used for much of history and involves cutting off blood flow by tightening a cord around the limb near the wound stopping blood flow from the main arteries. While this may stop bleeding temporarily it causes further damage to veins and tissue surrounding the wound and may further complicate healing and treatment. Tourniquets cannot be applied for head or groin wounds.
Qwick-AID® Hemostatic Bandages are the most effective alternative solution for the problems incurred with compression bandages and tourniquets when treating open wounds. They are specially designed with all-natural ingredients to stop bleeding in seconds while keeping bacteria out and can be immediately removed without binding to the body’s naturally forming clot.
Application is exceedingly simple:
1. Apply the dark side of the Qwick-AID® Hemostatic Bandage to the wound
2. Hold for 30-45 seconds
3. Remove or replace bandage and apply latex-free tape strips for long-term wound care
Qwick-AID® is highly regarded by medical professionals and is used in various industries and countries around the world. Here is Harold Coons, M.D., FACR, FSIR discussing the benefits of Qwick-AID®:
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