how to use a butterfly bandage

prepper first aid tutorial: butterfly bandage

Butterfly bandage
How to use a butterfly bandage (and make one)

Prepper first aid tutorial: butterfly bandage.
A butterfly bandage is that funny little bandage in your first aid kit that you're
not really sure how to use. Is a butterfly bandage for your elbows? Is a butterfly
bandage for your ankle?

If you're not really sure whether it's to wrap around fingers, your heal or your
elbow, no worries! Many preppers don't know how to use a butterfly bandage
either. Following is a quick tutorial...

How to Use a Butterfly Bandage
For use on cuts that are deep and straight, a butterfly bandage helps you seal
one edge of the broken skin to the other.  Think of a butterfly bandage as a
stitch! Its only job is to keep skin edges together to help speed healing.

To use a butterfly bandage, first clean the wound thoroughly, then use the
adhesive of one side of the bandage to pull skin closer to the other to help close
the gap and seal. Now that you've closed the cut, you can place a larger
bandage over the wound to help keep the area clean and to help protect it from

So you see, a butterfly bandage has a unique shape that has nothing to do
about the place of the cut (it's nothing to do with your elbows or ankles). It's
more about the kind of a cut you have (wounds which are less than two inches
wide). For cuts that are deep and straight (not jagged) use the butterfly
bandage to pull skin back together after you've cleaned the wound.

If you don't have a butterfly bandage in your first aid kit, you can make one!

How to Improvise a Butterfly Bandage
If you had to improvise a butterfly bandage in the field because you forgot to
include your first aid kit, it's good to know you can make a butterfly bandage
from duct tape. If you have medical tape, all the better.

How to make a butterfly bandage from medical tape.

As you can see from the illustration above, a butterfly bandage is easy to make.
Before using a butterfly bandage, be sure to irrigate the wound to clean it.
Remember also that the proper use of a butterfly bandage is for wound closure
of short and deep cuts to pull the skin together to speed healing and to
minimize infection. If the wound is more than two inches you may need stitches.
If the wound has jagged edges, a butterfly bandage is also not appropriate.

Happy endings...
It's important for preppers to learn how to make and to use a butterfly bandage
properly. Really it's just a matter of having the knowledge, coupled with the
right tools (or improvising them). Anyone can learn simple first aid.

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