What Everybody Ought to Know About Using Tape as a Band Aid

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For all the marvels of medical science, there are some aspects of keeping healthy that remain very simple and easy.

A case in point is first aid.

After all, when you consider how complex the circulation system is, for example, how much easier could it be to stop even the worst bleeding by using a piece of cloth and applying some pressure until the bleeding stops?

There’s nothing more difficult to it than that. And who needs a medical degree to restart a heart with some compressions of a person’s chest with their hands?

The truth is, the equipment and supplies you might need to save someone’s life can be gained from practically anything, anywhere.

If you need a bandage, no matter how large or small, why worry about whether you have a first aid kit that contains a band aid or some other type of compress.

All you really need is something that will keep germs from getting into a wound or keeping a dressing in place.

Who needs a band aid for that?

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Can You Use Tape as a Band Aid?

The short answer is yes of course you can just as long as you use some cotton wool, or medical gauze to cover the wound.

When was the last time you went to the doctor’s office and were given an injection or some other treatment, and they used a band aid to cover the area?

Chances are good that not only did they not use one; they might not even have them on hand.

Today’s doctor’s offices and emergency rooms often use gauze or a cotton ball that has been applied to a wound, then covered with a piece of tape.

In fact, that tape was probably one of several different types of tape that is commonly used in a hospital, whether it is cloth tape, clear plastic tape, or any other.

The truth is, it doesn’t matter what type of tape is used.

The tape, or even the adhesive strip that is common on most band aids is there simply to keep the cotton or gauze in place.

It is the gauze or cotton ball that’s intended to keep the dressing in position and to keep germs out of the wound.

The Advantages of Tape as a Band Aid

If you think back to the last time you were in the doctor’s office you probably remember the last time you got an injection or blood was taken.

The nurse, or whoever did the work, usually applied a piece of gauze or a cotton ball to the wound before they pulled the needle out of your arm.

What did they do next? If yours was like most doctors, they didn’t reach for a band aid.

Instead, they simply held the gauze in place and covered it with a piece of tape.

Tape even holds certain advantages over band aids. Band aids, as good as they are, usually aren’t very long, nor nearly long enough to hold onto your skin to do a good job.

And if you want to add any pressure to that band aid, you probably didn’t even leave the doctor’s office before you took it off and threw it in the trash.

A piece of tape applied to gauze, by contrast, will keep that material stuck to your skin far longer than any band aid would or could.

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Obviously, a piece of tape can be cut off to any length you desire and can be wrapped around practically any part of the body where it is needed.

As a result, the extra length that is used in the process will be better able to hold a bandage in place for as long as it is needed.

Tape that is used in a medical setting is often made so that the adhesive is strong enough to hold a bandage in place, but will not irritate the skin or cause undue pain when it is removed.

Needless to say, tape could not be considered a wonder of medical science, but in the grand scheme of things, tape should probably be given more credit than it is usually afforded.

In the 80s Robin Williams film, Patch Adams, the doctor used a number of unusual products to improve the health of his patients, even without the use of medicine.

Any fan of the film will be able to tell you how the doctor got the name “Patch.”

One day, as he was talking to a doctor, his coffee cup sprung a leak that he quickly used a patch with, a piece of tape.

The wonders of medical science.

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