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Plasters and dressings

A medical plaster is made from a bandage which is then soaked in plaster. This medical plaster is commonly used to support broken bones, done by wrapping the plaster around the damaged limb. Afterwards, an orthopaedic cast is set around the limb. Aside from the field of medicine and health, plasters are also used in orthotics, prosthetics, dentistry, and even in fire protection!

What is a plaster?

A medical plaster is made from a bandage which is then soaked in plaster. This medical plaster is commonly used to support broken bones, done by wrapping the plaster around the damaged limb. Afterwards, an orthopaedic cast is set around the limb. Aside from the field of medicine and health, plasters are also used in orthotics, prosthetics, dentistry, and even in fire protection!

A medical plaster should be waterproof and breathable, providing proper air circulation for the skin. It should be flexible, so as not to restrain movement. Moreover, it should provide instant action and protection against dirt and bacteria.

Medical plaster is also available in spray form. However, in this form, a person should be careful not to spray near their eyes and nose. Spray plaster also shouldn't be used for large or infected wounds, or burns. Applying this spray plaster may cause a slight stinging sensation.

What is a dressing?

A medical dressing is a pad or compress that is disinfected and sterilized. The purpose of a medical dressing is to promote the healing of wounds, which it does by covering the injury. People often confuse dressings with bandages, but a bandage is the part used to hold the dressing in place.

Although its main purpose is to help a wound heal, a medical dressing has a lot of uses. For bleeding wounds, it can stem the bleeding to speed up the clotting process and absorb the blood and any other fluid the wound may be secreting. Some dressings provide pain relief, either through the dressing's active chemicals and materials, or through placebo effect. A dressing can also be used to hide wounds, if one so wishes.

Medical dressings include treatment gel sheets, waterproof fabric or plastic strips, and spray dressings.

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