A cohesive bandage is a type of bandage that adheres to itself but doesn't adhere to other surfaces, such as the skin. The most common use for cohesive bandages is to wrap limbs, and the bandages can be used on both humans and animals. Cohesive bandages are commonly found in first aid kits and can also be purchased in a variety of materials, shapes and sizes. Cohesive bandages are used to stop bleeding, immobilize joints, dress wounds, secure intravenous lines and keep surgical dressings in place. They also can help to control swelling, increase circulation, promote healing, treat ulcers and reduce inflammation.
Cohesive bandages are manufactured by knitting or weaving a combination of cotton, polymer yarns and latex into a stretchy gauze material. The material is lightweight, airy, durable and has great elasticity. Securing a cohesive bandage in place usually requires the use of clips or pins, but there are some adhesive bandages on the market that will function without the use of any additional fasteners. The bandages also come in a variety of colors, making them more appealing to children. Veterinarians prefer using cohesive bandages on animals because the material won't stick to hair or fur and can be easily removed.
When purchasing cohesive bandages, one typically will buy the material in rolls. The cohesive bandage material averages 1-6 inches (about 2.5-15.2 centimeters) in width, with 3-5 yards (about 0.9-4.6 meters) on a roll. Depending on the type and thickness of the cohesive bandage material, one can usually tear the material by hand to get the desired amount. When it cannot be torn by hand, it can be easily cut with a scissors. The bandage is flexible, breathable and comfortable to wear.
The uses for adhesive bandages are numerous. When using a cohesive bandage for compression, it's important for the user to regulate the tightness of the wrap. One should make sure that the bandage is tight enough to compress the area but not tight enough to cut off circulation completely.
Cohesive bandages can be purchased online, in pharmacies or at drug stores, or they can be handed out by physicians and rehabilitation specialists. The bandages are very inexpensive. When comparing cohesive bandages for purchase, one should look for the overall quality, durability, flexibility and porousness. The materials used to make the bandage should also be considered. Cotton is preferred over latex because it's more absorbent and typically doesn't cause allergic reactions.