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Adhesive bandage, first-aid type, any size, each

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Name of the Procedure:

Adhesive Bandage Application, commonly referred to as band-aid application or first-aid bandage application.


An adhesive bandage application involves placing a small, sterile pad on a minor wound or injury, secured by a thin strip of adhesive tape. This simple first-aid procedure aims to protect the wound, keep it clean, and promote healing.


Adhesive bandages are used to treat minor wounds such as cuts, scrapes, and abrasions. The goal is to protect the wound from dirt and bacteria, prevent infection, and aid in the natural healing process.


  • Small cuts and scrapes that are not deep or bleeding profusely
  • Abrasions caused by friction against a rough surface
  • Minor skin irritations or blisters


The wound should be gently cleaned with mild soap and water or an antiseptic solution. Ensure the wound is dry before applying the bandage to help the adhesive stick properly.

Procedure Description

  1. Clean and dry the wound.
  2. Select the appropriate size adhesive bandage for the wound.
  3. Remove the adhesive bandage from its packaging.
  4. Carefully place the sterile pad on the wound, ensuring it covers the entire affected area.
  5. Press down the adhesive edges around the pad to secure it in place.


Typically, the application takes about 1-2 minutes.


This procedure can be performed almost anywhere, including at home, in a school, at the workplace, or in a clinical setting.


While anyone can apply an adhesive bandage, it may be applied by a caregiver, nurse, or first-aid responder in a professional setting.

Risks and Complications

  • Skin irritation from the adhesive
  • Rarely, allergic reactions to the adhesive material
  • Inadequate protection leading to potential infection if the wound is not properly cleaned


  • Immediate protection of minor wounds
  • Reduction in the risk of infection
  • Quick and easy to apply
  • Supports a cleaner healing environment


  • Change the bandage daily or when it becomes wet or dirty.
  • Monitor the wound for signs of infection (redness, swelling, increased pain, or discharge).
  • Most minor wounds heal within a few days to a week.


  • Non-adhesive dressings secured with medical tape
  • Liquid bandage or wound sealant
  • Gauze pads with a wrap-around bandage

Patient Experience

Patients typically experience minimal discomfort during the application. Any initial sting from cleaning the wound usually subsides quickly. Pain management is generally not required, though over-the-counter pain relievers may be used if soreness occurs. The main focus is to keep the area clean and dry for optimal healing.

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