Forehead Bandage: Typical Use – Lacerations



Step 1: Make sure you’re practicing proper BSI procedures.

Place a 4x4 gauze onto the injury, or better yet, get the

patient to do it!



Step 2: Make a “Tail” on the roller gauze so the bandage

can be secured and won’t come undone.


Step 3: Wrap around the “Tail” on the first  pass and fold

over the “Tail” after the first pass. Make sure you go low

over the base of the skull.



Step 4: After the first pass, bend the tail back.


Step 5: Tail bent back.


Step 6: Use half twists of the roller gauze to insure the

bandage is tight and conforms to the contours of the scalp.


Step 7: Fully cover the bent back tail on subsequent

passes. Be careful to keep the bandage out of the eyes

of the patient.


Step 8: Most head bandages are going to require two

roller bandages to complete effectively. When you run out

of the first roller bandage, get a second one and re-start

making yet another tail..



Step 9: Start a new roller gauze tail.



Step 10: Don’t be afraid to ask the patient for their help in

stabilizing the bandage.



Step 11: Pull up the tail after the first pass of the second

gauze wrap.



Step 12: ON the next pass which would cover the tail, start

down under the chin and come back up over the head.

This will fully secure the bandage in place.



Step 13: Come over the top of the head and go back under

the chin, taking care to not obstruct the windpipe.



Step 14: Under most circumstances, your patient should

remove any eyewear they would have on, but in this case

our patient was a “reluctant” contributor. ;-)



Step 15: Don’t forget to periodically do half twists of the

roller bandage to secure it to the contours of the head.



Step 16: Unroll the remainder of the bandage and loop it

down under the patient’s chin and tie it off on the top of

the head. If the patient has a hat, replace the hat on top

of their head.



Completed bandage.



Completed Bandage – Note bandageis not in the patient’s




Creating bandages of this nature hold the original dressing

on the forehead in place.