many-tailed bandage

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many-tailed bandage

Etymology: AS, manig, many, taegel, tail; Fr, bande, strip
1 a broad, evenly shaped bandage with both ends split into strips of equal size and number. As the bandage is placed on the abdomen, chest, or limb, the ends may be overlapped and secured.
2 an irregularly shaped bandage with torn or cut ends that are secured together. See also Scultetus binder.

many-tailed bandage

A bandage with split ends used for the trunk and limbs; a piece of roller to which slips are stitched in an imbricated fashion.
See: four-tailed bandage; Scultetus, Johannes
See also: bandage


(originally Schultes), Johann, German surgeon, 1595-1645.
Scultetus bandage - applied to the thorax or abdomen. Synonym(s): many-tailed bandage
Scultetus binder
Scultetus position - supine position on an inclined plane, with head low.


1. a strip or roll of gauze or other material for wrapping or binding any part of the body. See also sling.
2. to cover by wrapping with such material. Bandages may be used to stop the flow of blood, to provide a safeguard against contamination, or to hold a medicated dressing in place. They may also be used to hold a splint in position or otherwise immobilize an injured part of the body to prevent further injury and to facilitate healing. In horses it is standard practice to bandage the cannons while the horse is being transported, and in some animals while they are exercising or working. The objective is to prevent fluid accumulation and to protect against injury while making rapid foot movements.

absorbent bandage
uses layers of absorbent material on open or contaminated wounds to debride; must be changed frequently.
acrylic bandage
useful for their strength and in some cases slight flexibility.
carpal flexion bandage
used in dogs to maintain the carpus in flexion, thereby relaxing flexor tendons, while permitting use of the elbow and shoulder.
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Carpal flexion bandage. By permission from Slatter D, Textbook of Small Animal Surgery, Saunders, 2002
compression bandage
one used to apply pressure, usually to control hemorrhage.
dry-wet bandage
a moist layer over the wound assists in debridement; as it dries, exudate is pulled into the material and away from the wound
figure-of-8 bandage
one in which the turns cross each other like the figure 8.
flannel bandage
used to give warmth, support and protection of the lower limbs of horses; should be 4 in × 10 ft.
many-tailed bandage
see tailed bandage (below).
occlusive bandage
see occlusive dressing.
plaster bandage
a bandage stiffened with a paste of plaster of Paris.
pressure bandage
one for applying pressure, for the purpose of arresting hemorrhage; pressure is applied directly over the wound.
pressure relief bandage
provides protection from pressure over an area, commonly a bony prominence, by redirecting pressure to surrounding areas. Often designed as a ring or doughnut.
rigid bandage
used for local immobilization, usually for purposes of allowing soft tissue healing.
Robert-Jones bandage
a heavily padded bandage consisting of cotton batting or cotton wool in a wrapping material, sometimes with added stiffening devices such as plastic piping or parallel strips of thin metal. It is applied as a pressure bandage to provide temporary support for a fractured limb prior to plaster immobilization or immediately afterwards.
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Robert-Jones bandage. By permission from Slatter D, Textbook of Small Animal Surgery, Saunders, 2002
roller bandage
a tightly rolled, circular bandage of varying widths and materials, often prepared commercially. In an emergency, strips may be torn from a sheet or piece of yard goods and rolled. When more than a few inches of length is needed, rolling is essential for quick and clean bandaging.
soft padded bandage
consists of cotton padding, gauze and tape. Provides support and protection of soft tissues.
spider bandage
see tailed bandage (below).
tailed bandage
a square piece of cloth cut or torn into strips from the ends toward the center, with as large a center left as necessary. The bandage is centered over a compress on the wound and the ends are then tied separately. Called also many-tailed or spider bandage.
tie-over bandage
a dressing held in place by suture material anchored in surrounding skin and tied over the dressing. Used for postoperative care of skin grafts.
wet-wet bandage
material covering the wound is kept moist, sometimes by injection of fluid into the bandage through a fenestrated drain built into the bandage.