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
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 – Note bandageis not in the patient’s
Creating bandages of this nature hold the original dressing
on the forehead in place.