• Bandages are used to hold dressings, compresses or splints in place. It controls bleeding
by pressure when used with a dressings. Never use a bandage directly over a wound -
apply it over dressing. Bandages can also be used as slings to support broken or
• TRIANGULAR BANDAGES
• To make a pair of triangular bandages, take a square piece of cloth, fold it diagonally,
and cut it along the fold. For Scouts, a 36-inch square piece is recommended. A handy
one would be the Scout neckerchief; which may be used folded instead of cutting it into
two. The triangular bandage is used for open or folded as a cravat.
• Using a Triangular Bandage:
• From among these various types of bandages, triangular bandage is the
most popular. Its great advantage lies in the fact that a square or a three-
cornered piece of cloth is easier to secure than roller bandage. Then, too, a
Scout in uniform always has a neckerchief ready for immediate use as a
triangular bandage. Another advantage of this type of bandage is that this
is very easy to make. With a constant practice, anyone can learn its
application in a short period of time while it requires hours of tedious
practice for him to be able to use a roller bandage skillfully.
• ADHESIVE TAPE BANDAGES
• Adhesive tape is a cloth coated on one side with adhesive which causes it to stick to the
skin or to itself. The official first aid kit contains combinations of dressings and adhesive
which come in sealed packages. These are very handy for small wounds, especially finger
cuts. Remember, apply antiseptic to the wound before applying dressing. Adhesive tape
is not to be placed directly on a wound.
• ROLLER BANDAGES
• Another type of bandage is the roller bandage. They are strips of bleached or unbleached
cotton cloth, one or more inches in width, rolled in paper wrapper. They are used mostly
on fingers and toes.