- Comprised of spandex, a synthetic fiber;
- Available in numerous sizes: 5cm x 450cm, 7.5cm x 450cm, 10cm x 450cm, and 15cm x 450cm;
- The most inexpensive bandage offered in the AdvaCare range;
- This model of crepe bandages are the most common specification;
- High level of elasticity and durability.
- Comprised of cotton;
- Available in numerous sizes: 5cm x 400cm, 7.5cm x 400cm, 10cm x 400cm, and 15cm x 400cm;
- The most expensive bandage offered in the AdvaCare range;
- Soft, breathable and absorbable.
- Elastic crepe bandages are portable and convenient for use when travelling, and can easily be stored in a first aid kit;
- Bandages are easy to use and need little instruction;
- Elastic crepe bandages protect the wound and assist in the healing process;
- Unlike cohesive and adhesive bandages, and elastic plain bandages, crepe bandages do not apply as much compression, meaning it is more comfortable, breathable. Skin is highly tolerant toward the crepe bandage;
- Material allows bandages to be elastic, comfortable and strong;
- Crepe bandages can be washed and reused;
- Elastic crepe bandage are affordable, making it accessible to a wide range of people.
Elastic crepe bandages are ideal for protecting and facilitating the healing process of a cut, abrasion, blister, or other injury. Crepe bandages do not apply as much compression when compared to other bandages, such as cohesive and adhesive bandages, allowing for superior comfort and skin tolerance to be achieved. Elastic crepe bandages protect injuries from friction, exposure, and further damage which may worsen the wound and consequently prolong the healing time.
To apply the bandage, ensure the wound is cleaned thoroughly to remove any debris or foreign bodies. Ensure the shape and size of the bandage is applicable to the area of the body that the bandage is being applied to. Place a dressing over the wound, and then apply the bandage, taking care not to wrap it too tightly, as circulation may be restricted. Because crepe bandages do not apply as much compression as other types of bandages, this is not a large concern. Take care not to touch the wound, as this may aggravate it. Changing the bandage and dressing daily is not necessary, as elastic crepe bandages are designed to last for long term usage, and can be washed and reused. If the bandage gets soiled, it should be replaced with a fresh bandage.
It is imperative that elastic crepe bandages are not used if the packaging or seal is compromised. Evidence of this may suggest tampering or loss of sterility. If one should come across bandages inside comprised packaging, the correct course of action is to dispose of it quickly and safely.
- It is important that elastic crepe bandages are not reused without being thoroughly washed. Once used, the device is not fit to be salvaged for further use until it is washed. Re-using bandages can result in infections being transmitted, and the bandage losing its protective ability;
- Must prepare the bandages for use in a clean, sterile environment, absent of bodily fluids or other sources of contamination;
- If tight compressions are required, a bandage such as cohesive and adhesive bandages should be considered, as crepe bandages do not offer the same level of compression;
- Elastic crepe bandages should be stored in a cool, dry location away from direct sunlight. Failure to do so may dry the bandage up, decreasing its healing and protective properties;
- Promptly and safely dispose of any bandages that have touched a potentially contaminated surface;
- If bandages have blood or any other bodily substance on it, it must be handled as biohazard waste.
The ranges of elastic crepe bandages offered by AdvaCare are composed of Spandex and Cotton.