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First Aid Health & Wellness Facts About Ace Bandages

First aid facts about ace bandages begin with how to use these for the multiple purposes that these products were created to be used . How to use an ace bandage for health & wellness are discussed for the body when a doctor recommends this compression bandage for sprains, strains or wound treatments.

Every first aid kit should contain an ace bandage for an emergency injury. Quite often hikers include an elastic bandage in the back pack for sprains and strains. An ace bandage has numerous uses in the home, car and camping, so this might be only part of a list of all the benefits of this product. It is important to know the uses of ace bandages and facts of proper application to give first aid until a doctor views the wound or injury.

Ace bandages come in 2 to 6 inch widths along with various lengths. The elasticity of the ace varies from manufacturer to the frequency that it is used. For best health results special care is needed when using the ace bandage with these product tips.

1. Wash ace bandages after each use or discard if soiled beyond reuse or if medications penetrate the fabric of the bandage. Use cold or cool soapy water squeezing to push solution through the fabric to clean. Rinse several times, however do not wring the ace bandage. Allow to air dry; do not put in dryer.

2. Learn how to apply the ace bandage for first aid application for a wound, sprains, strains, hot and cold compresses and for compression for an injury. Wrap the injured body part firmly, not so tightly that circulation is impaired. A figure 8 design will hold dry or moist compresses with an ace bandage while reducing pain and swelling.

3. Learn health observations of the skin when using an elastic bandage for first aid treatment. Look at the skin color and feel the temperature of the skin after the ace has been applied. Check for mobility of the digits( fingers or toes) if hand or knee has ace wrap on it. First aid health checks should be done after the ace bandage has been applied and every 15 minutes thereafter. Firmly press the nail bed of the hand or foot where the ace bandage has been applied. Hold that pressure until the nail bed turns white or is blanched. Immediate release and begin counting seconds until the natural color is restored. Natural skin color should be seen in 2 seconds or less if the ace is not restricting circulation to that extremity. If there is a delay in this reaction, remove and reapply elastic bandage.

4. Do not fold the ace bandage on itself or allow kinks to form; these errors can affect circulation or cause skin irritations.

5. Never end ace bandage on a bony prominence. When you avoid securing the end of the bandage on a bone you prevent irritation, abrasions and possible infection to the skin.

6. A doctor visit should follow the first aid, ace bandage treatments for compression for sprains, strains or an injury.  The elasticity of an ace can hold compresses on a wound which should be followed by a doctor visit to determine health and wellness with that professional after care.

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Comments (13)

Wow, Roberta, you blew the charts off with this one. What an amazingly well-written article about a very interesting topic.

Excellent and well written article. These are great tips to remember.

You gave new light to the Ace bandage, something I've never had to use. Now I know how important they are. Thanks.

Some very interesting facts about ace bandages and very well presented as well. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and voted up!

Easy understanding and clear facts to follow. Thanks roberta.

Thanks for sharing your nursing knowledge.

Thanks for the info on ace bandages.

good article, I don't have any votes left so I tweeted

An excellent article on ace bandages. I believe these are the same as what we call tubba-grips in the UK.

This is such a great article, I just wanted to re-read it and tweet it up.

Great article, voted up.

Great info, I knew about just half of it!

My husband has a strain or twisted ankle, we have been discussing him using an ace bandage so this article is a very useful reference. Great job!

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