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Wounds with foreign objects imbedded are
very difficult to bandage and therefore
keep sterile. This new bandage could help
Bubble-wrap plastic has countless bubbles
containing a gas. These new bandages
have the same bubbles, but each
containing sterile nitrogen gas and
in a sterile environment.
The inverse BW bandage is laid bubble
side down onto the wound. The first-aider
simply pops an appropriate number of
bubbles thus creating a hole which is
aligned over the piece of glass or other
foreign object. The other bubbles ensure
that the bandage remains tight on the
skin, but doesn't push the object further
[Feel free to sketch this]
Another bubble-wrap bandage idea
[jonthegeologist, Oct 09 2005]
||Under what circumstances do you bandage a wound still containing a foreign object? As a personal preference, if I have something stuck in me I tend to take it out before fixing the damage.
||Well, walk away better educated [wagster], wounds aren't sterile.
||There should be a rule for teaching rationale for extraction, other than "if it hurts when you touch it, don't touch it".
||Foreign bodies should *never* be removed
from wounds unless you are medically
qualified - they could do more damage
coming out than as they went in.
||For this reason, it's often required to
bandage a wound with an object imbedded
as the patient makes their way to a
||A lot of times the object is the only thing keeping you from bleeding to death on the way to the hospital.
||And bubble wrap is just cool.
||I see difficulties if the foreign object is a french knife.