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How To Apply A Head Scalp Bandage

Updated on July 19, 2016

Head Scalp Bandage

We all know that wounds or cut on our heads obviously would create severe bleeding. This is because our scalp contains a lot of small vessels supplying our head with blood. One of the problems encountered when the scalp is wounded is of course bleeding and it is quite difficult to place the dressing and keep it still considering that plaster or tapes will easily slip or detached.

The best way to hold the dressing is to apply a head or scalp bandage. A triangular bandage would be the most appropriate to use in this situation considering that it can easily be secured during emergencies.

This hub will guide you step by step on the application of a Head or Scalp Bandage.

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The first step of course is to secure a triangular bandage. If you are not familiar of a triangular bandage, simply click here

Now that you are familiar, grab the triangular bandage and fold the base of the bandage at least one and a half inch (1 1/2) inch twice (figure 1.). Place the folded base on the tip of the eyebrow making sure that the folded base is place outside.

After placing the folded based of the bandage on the tip of the eyebrow, insure that the apex is directly on the opposite side. Basically the apex would be at the back of the head.

Grab the points of the bandage towards the back insuring that the ears are slightly covered. This will create and inclination of the bandage on the side to prevent it from slipping later on (figure 2).

Once the points are on the back, simply make an overhand. Insuring that the overhand will cover the apex. Remember the basic rule in bandaging, " not to tight not to loose. So insure that your overhand is good enough (figure 3)

After making the overhand, bring the points at the front and bring it just on top of the folded base. Make a square knot (figure 4)

You are almost done. From there, just insert the apex at the back on the overhand (figure 5), and insert the square knot on the folded base (figure 6)

This will create a tightening of your bandage and will in effect keep the unecessary excess. This will also create a housekeeping effect. Most importantly do not forget that the bandage is used to hold the dressing in place. Therefore it is understood that a dressing is in place prior to applying the bandage.


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    • JPSO138 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Hi Rtalloni, thanks for finding this valuable and thanks for dropping by.

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      6 years ago

      This information would be valuable in a time of need. Thanks for highlighting it here for us.

    • JPSO138 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Thanks for the comment flourish. I hope no one will be injured. But just in case, at least we can do something about it.

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      6 years ago from USA

      Owww, oww, oww ... just the thought of having a head wound makes me woozy, but thanks to you if I am in a situation where someone needs help, I can do this. Thanks for the easy to understand step-by-steps.

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      10 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this step by step guide.


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