Figure 5-4. Pulling the dressing open.
Figure 5-5. Placing the dressing directly on the wound.
e. Secure the Dressing.
Place one hand on top of the dressing to hold the dressing in place.
If the casualty is conscious and able, you can have him hold the dressing in
place while you secure it.
(2) Wrap one of the tails around the injured body part with your free hand.
As you wrap, cover one of the exposed sides of the dressing with the bandage. (The
bandage can usually be wrapped around a limb more than once.) Bring the tail back
over the dressing. See figure 5-6.
(3) Wrap the other tail around the injured body part in the opposite direction.
As you wrap, cover the remaining exposed side of the dressing with the bandage. Bring
the tail back to the dressing.
Using the tails to seal the exposed edges of the dressing will prevent foreign
material from getting under the dressing and contaminating the wound.
(4) Tie the tails into a nonslip knot over the outer edge of the dressing
(figure 5-7). The tails should be tied firm enough to prevent the dressing from slipping,
but loose enough to insert two fingers between the knot and the dressing.