Conducting training since 2006
We all know that wounds or cut on our head 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.
Please find below the step by step guide in applying head or scalp bandaging. Please be advised that the illustrations are for the bandaging procedures and the application of dressing is no longer shown. It is imperative that on actual emergency, a dressing should be in place directly over the wound.
The first thing to do is to fold the base of the bandage at least one and a half (1 1/2) inch once or twice see 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 and spread the insertion accordingly to create a tightening effect at the back.
After this, go back to the front and insert the square not at the front along with the rest of the points spreading accordingly to the sides on the folded base (figure 6). This will tighten the whole bandage and likewise create a housekeeping effect on the whole application.