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Using Electrical Tape or other tapes a bandaids is it safety dumb or smart like a fox!

In first aid class world wide we are taught two critical learning curve features around wounds and securement.  ONE always use the clean and proper stuff all the time.  But when you pants are down and you have zero resources improvise and secure that wound as best as you can until you get proper medical help.

The short answer is yes of course you can just as long as you use some cotton wool, or medical gauze to cover the wound.

When was the last time you went to the doctor’s office and were given an injection or some other treatment, and they used a bandaid to cover the area?

Chances are good that not only did they not use one; they might not even have them on hand.

The truth is, it doesn’t matter what type of tape is used.

The tape, or even the adhesive strip that is common on most band aids is there simply to keep the cotton or gauze in place.

It is the gauze or cotton ball that’s intended to keep the dressing in position and to keep germs out of the wound.

If you think back to the last time you were in the doctor’s office you probably remember the last time you got an injection or blood was taken.

The nurse, or whoever did the work, usually applied a piece of gauze or a cotton ball to the wound before they pulled the needle out of your arm.

What did they do next? If yours was like most doctors, they didn’t reach for a bandaid.

Instead, they simply held the gauze in place and covered it with a piece of tape.

Tape even holds certain advantages over bandaids. Bandaids, as good as they are, usually aren’t very long, nor nearly long enough to hold onto your skin to do a good job.

And if you want to add any pressure to that bandaid, you probably didn’t even leave the doctor’s office before you took it off and threw it in the trash.

A piece of tape applied to gauze, by contrast, will keep that material stuck to your skin far longer than any bandaid would or could. his is definitely best for short-term use, but if you’re completely out of regular bandages, using a small strip of duct tape with a bit of tissue or cloth can get the job done in a pinch. Their take may have been commercial gloss, but the real deal can protect a wound like nobody’s business.

Obviously, a piece of tape can be cut off to any length you desire and can be wrapped around practically any part of the body where it is needed.

As a result, the extra length that is used in the process will be better able to hold a bandage in place for as long as it is needed.

Tape that is used in a medical setting is often made so that the adhesive is strong enough to hold a bandage in place, but will not irritate the skin or cause undue pain when it is removed.

Needless to say, tape could not be considered a wonder of medical science, but in the grand scheme of things, tape should probably be given more credit than it is usually afforded

Terry Penney

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