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Bandages in First Aid Kits: Types and Uses

Bandages come in various shapes and sizes. Each bandage has been designed to best suit a specific injury. When applying a bandage, be careful not to touch the white sterile pad with your fingers, or with anything else that can contaminate it before it is applied to the wound.

These are the types of bandages I will address in this article:

  • Strip bandage
  • Fingertip bandage
  • Knuckle bandage
  • Butterfly closure
  • Donut bandage
  • Pressure bandages
  • Gauze rolls
  • 5 x 9 sterile gauze pad
  • Triangular bandage
  • Sterile burn sheets
  • Steri-strips
  • Tensor bandages
  • Eye patch

Examples of sterile gauze pads are also shown below.

An EMT's Advice on What Should Be in a First Aid Kit

Strip Bandage Is the Most Common

The strip bandage is the most common type you will see in first aid kits. It is used for any small wound on a flat surface.

Fingertip Bandage

The fingertip bandage is used for just that—a fingertip. It is made to wrap around the finger.

Knuckle Bandage

The knuckle bandage wraps around the knuckle.

Butterfly Closure

The butterly closure is used to pull both sides of a cut back together to promote healing and help prevent infection.

Donut Bandage

The donut bandage is used to put pressure around an impaled object without putting pressure on the object itself. Attach with roll or gauze or tape.

A pressure bandage is best described as a conforming gauze roll bandage that contains an inner absorbent layer of porous cotton to be applied to a wound site. The rolled gauze is then applied around the cotton pad to hold it in place on the wound.

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Gauze Rolls

Gauze rolls come in various lengths and sizes and can be wrapped around any wound. They can also be used to hold a gauze pad in place.

Sterile gauze pads can be used for various sizes of wounds. They usually come in sizes from 2 x 2 inches, 3 x 3 inches, 4 x 4 inches, and 5 x 9 (shown) or larger.

The triangular bandage takes up little space in a first aid kit—the bandage is only about three inches square while in its packaging—but it unwraps to a large flexible triangular sheet that can be used to sling an arm, wrap around a wrist injury, or wrap around an injured head. It is a very versatile bandage and a valuable addition to any first aid kit.

Sterile burn sheets are non-woven and made of laminated tissue fibers that provide a sterile environment. They prevent infection without sticking to the burned area. Their construction resists tearing and conforms to the person's contours. The burn sheet may be used as a wet or dry dressing.



Steri-Strip Closures are pre-cut and reinforced for extra strength. They minimize the risk of superficial wounds opening during healing. Although they should not be used in place of stitches, they are great to close superficial wounds until you can receive stitches.

Tensor Bandages


Tensor bandages are elastic stretch bandages that provide compression and a controlled pressure. Metal clips hold them in place. They are great to stop bleeding.

Eye Patch

The eye patch is placed over a wounded or infected eye. A triangular bandage wrapped around the head is a good way to hold it in place.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


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JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on June 03, 2012:

I just finished my disaster mangement training from the Philippine Red Cross. It was fun and empowering at the same time. Your hub on bandages gave me flash backs of the training - the good ones. :)

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Thanks for this information.

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Fantastic. Refreshes my GN training on wound dressing.

Well done big time.

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Deni Smith on April 06, 2010:

Great article. Every one needs to know how to use bandages because injuries happen everywhere.

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