24. CHEST AND ABDOMEN BANDAGES

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Wider bandages are used for bandaging the chest. If the bandage is applied incorrectly, it slips after a short time. For this reason, the chest should not be bandaged in spirals.

It is best to bandage the chest in a figure of eight, and the bandage should start with the first strokes in the lower part of the chest. The chest is bandaged consecutively up to the armpits, then with one reinforcing move to the left shoulder and down the back under the right armpit. Then the bandage is again applied in a circular motion on the chest, then pass under the left armpit, and from there to the back and from behind lead the bandage to the left shoulder. The bandage is finished with circular passages in the upper part of the chest. The chest bandage is started in a similar manner as described above; then subsequent bandage passes are applied so that the breast gland is secured by the passes going to the shoulder on the opposite side.

Wider bandages are used to bandage the abdomen. Bandages do not slip off the abdomen as often as they do the chest, so they can be bandaged with the usual spiral strokes.
The first stitches are placed in the upper abdomen; subsequent stitches, which should cover half of the previous stitches, go to the lower abdomen. The final strokes are placed on the right thigh, where the dressing ends. When finishing the dressing on the right thigh, several spike-shaped strokes can be applied.



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