In every first aid kit, a triangular bandage should never be forgotten. This a piece of soft triangular fabric commonly applied for bone and tissue-related injuries as a cover and support. It can be a temporary arm sling and as a pad or sheet in controlling bleeding. But, do you know What are triangular bandages used for and how to use them correctly?
In what ways a triangular bandage is used?
- A kind of sling used for lower arm and hand injury support as well as for rib fractures.
- Put the affected arm across the body, place the fabric with the base facing down the center of the body, and the head of the bandage slipped under the affected elbow, wrapped around the back portion of the neck until it’s finally placed on the shoulder of the affected side, meet both ends and tie them up using the reef knot. Adjust the sling and check the finger circulation if it needs to loosen up.
- A kind of sling used to elevate an arm or finger injury.
- Put the affected arm across the body with the finger or arm going to the opposite shoulder direction, place the bandage with the base facing down the center of the body and the fabric’s head to the affected elbow of the shoulder. Put the bandage under the supported arm, place its top end around the front neck to make it rest on the unaffected shoulder. Wrap the affected arm with the lower half of the fabric. From the elbow, get the free end across the back on top of the opposite shoulder, and tie them in a reef knot above the collarbone. Secure the sling at the elbow using tape, pins, or any safe things to use just to thoroughly secure it.
Bone or tissue-related injuries can get worse if not given proper first aid. Arm and elevation slings are the common uses of a triangular bandage. So, it’s good that you have basic knowledge on how to administer a quick and safe response to it.