GOT a cut? It turns out ‘bunging a plaster on it’ ISN’T the answer.
A new video appears to show that we have been using the humble Elastoplast all wrong.
While it might seem like there is only one way to use one of the blood-absorbing bandages – open packet, peel off the ends, stick – it turns out that is just the start.
A video how-to about using plasters shows that there is more to it than just sticking a plaster over the wound and forgetting about it until it falls off/is so sodden in blood you look like you have been dipping your finger in red paint.
Using a pricked fingertip as subject matter, the 43-seconds long clip says that it is wrong to just stick the plaster over the end, and demonstrates how it’s not secure, with the plaster easily slipping off and being moved about.
While that method does do the job, covering the wound and soaking up the blood until it naturally scabs over, it does make for a weird bulbous fingertip that can easily get caught on things and absorb germs as you go about your daily duties.
Instead, the video makers claim that the injured person – or their ‘nurse’ – should carefully snip the sticky panels of the plaster in half lengthways before attaching it.
This allows the plaster to be fixed securely over the cut and for it to be much less bulky on the finger.
It also means that sticking the plaster using this method on a knuckle means that the digit’s ‘hinge’ mechanism isn’t affected.
Last year Elastoplast revealed new state-of-the-art plasters that glow in the dark when the wound they are protecting gets infected.
And this girl who was left with a 50p-sized wound after a spider bit her needed more than just a plaster to heal and recover.