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a soft or rigid material used to secure a dressing on a wound (protective bandage), create pressure on a part of the body to halt venous bleeding (pressure bandage), or keep an injured part of the body, usually an extremity, in the necessary position (immobilizing bandage).
Protective and pressure bandages are usually applied from a roll of gauze over a sterile dressing of gauze or cotton placed on a wound. Several types of protective bandages can be used, depending on the topography of the part of the body to be bandaged. Examples are circular, figure-of-8, and spica bandages. Cleol (a composite of rosin, ethyl alcohol, ether, and sunflower oil) and adhesive bandages can also be used to secure a dressing. An immobilizing bandage is ordinarily used for a fracture or extensive injury to soft tissue and can be made of wood, wire, or plastic. Such a bandage is called a splint, and the procedure for applying it splinting. The application of bandages is a first-aid procedure.
Inflatable coverings—pneumatic splints that uniformly encircle and immobilize the body—are used for prolonged and difficult transport of a victim (for example, from a mine) and for the immobilization of the extremities or the entire body. Plaster casts are commonly used for fractures.
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What does it mean when you dream about a bandage?
The sense of being hurt, either physically or emotionally. It can also represent the sense of healing.