Band-Aid Modifcation to Improve Flexibility and Keep Them On!

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Intro: Band-Aid Modifcation to Improve Flexibility and Keep Them On!

I find this modification very useful for getting Adhesive Bandages to stick to fingers, especially fingertips.

Yes they make special ones, but standard shape/size ones are more common, and these work great!
This idea may be from a Japanese show called "Urawaza", lifehacker and gizmodo had a youtube link but its gone!.

Step 1: There Is Really Only 2 Steps for This Mod, Cut It, and Put It On.

Take some sharp scissors, and a Band-Aid

You can cut the band-aid in the wrapper or out of it. probably cleaner/safer to do it in the wrapper.

Cut to the pad on both wings of the band aid, like the first photo(im flexing it to show the cuts)

Step 2: Apply!

in this case I'm working with a fingertip wound, these also work well on Knuckles and even on legs and knees elbows, although they are best on fingertips and fingers.

In this case i place the finger with the wound centered on the pad, wrap 2 legs around the finger.
then fold the pad down and wrap the other 2 legs back around to make a nice little cup of bandaid.

when using them on a finger or Knuckle its handy to weave the legs, wrap one a then do the one on the opposite corner, and then the other two.

for as little flesh as is wrapped it stays on well, and protects my cut from bumps.

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    bethmwl

    2 years ago

    Excellent hack. Never thought of that.

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    bakdrft

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I saw alot of posts about cleanliness. NOT one spoke of the scissors. I do not llike this because most household scissors have been used to cut "everything" therefore harboring those llittle nasty's. Do not use dirty scissors to cut a band-aid you are only looking to introduce germs. As for Superglue- good idea to use bandages to protect the cut but if you have a cut where it may open due to use Glue works.If not use a bandage. Also,when using a antibiotic. PLEASE apply the gel to the bandage NOT the wound. Think about what I why I said to apply to bandages not the wound.

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    killboxbakdrft

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    true, many kitchen scissors are probably kinda unclean, although there is nothing to stop you form cleaning them. Also in my medical kit i do keep a pair of scissors just for medical use, cutting tape, opening packages... Btw this instruction set is to not cut into the pad, its unlikely you are wanting to cover a wound with the sticky part of the band aid. so i see very little chance of direct contamination. i usually even snip them in the package, so not only would the contact vector be even smaller (only on the sliced line) but you wind up shucking the covering and the backing. i think you would have more chance of nasty bacteria falling into the wound while you unwrap it, than you would get transferred from the scissors to the bandaid to the wound.

    But with all things you have to weigh the risks on your own, if you think having a sloppy falling off band aid is better than a comfortably flexible well fitting one then by all means please ignore this.

    Superglue may keep the wound from opening, but it does nothing to pad the fingertip for typing or protect from bumps and jabs. In my case I did glue it after it stopped gushing blood, but even then it was bloody enough to be hard to glue well.

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    dulciquiltkillbox

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I am an artist and am forever cutting or jabbing some tool into my hands and fingers, so use the bandaid to protect from bumps and jabs as you stated. It can be quite painful to get some art supplies into a fresh cut that has been left exposed. The fingertip bandaids also cost more than the reg ones, so this is a great idea.

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    killboxAznPanda

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    band-aids are really not there to stop bleeding, they are to keep the wound protected and clean. while you heal. but really it seals up fine (better than a simple cylinder of bandaid around the tip of a finger which always slips off) and the same technique of splitting a band-aid can make them wrap around knuckles and other places better too.

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    AznPandakillbox

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Okay.. well sorry to ruin ur day... but personaly i only use band aids to stop bleeding i clean it first and then put one if its bleeding alot or so i use em some times cuz its fun :O

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    killboxAznPanda

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    no big deal whatever works for you! still think for fingertips and nuckles this hack works far better than the plain old strip bandaid, because you can criss cross the "fingers" to interlock it and actually curve to fit the shape of the area in 3 dimensions. The only thing that works as well are those X shaped special ones. and even those wind up sagging/drooping or not cupping as well.

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    gizmosass

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Well, I guess if super glue was designed as a temporary suture material, that would explain why it does such a good job of sticking my fingers together... usually much better than what I'm trying to glue.....

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    killboxTheWomanMonster

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    true, it would be nice to not have to cut them as you are trying to bandage a wound, although sofar I've never had any trouble, i think with a clean pair of scissors you could cut them in the wrappers, the actual wound pad stays covered and intact and its just the adhesive strips that should not be going into the wound anyway that get exposed, I imagine one could snip a few and slip them into a clean dry ziploc bag and have them around at all times. Its funny since i started using this trick, i can hardly stand the fit of normal uncut band-aids.

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    benthekahnGroaker

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Super glue was invented by the military to repair wounds temporally on the battle field.