Management of Scalp Injuries: A New Approach to Applying Dressings

There are many types of injuries to the scalp that a first responder may be called upon to treat. These include abrasions, contusions, lacerations, punctures, and avulsions. Common to all forms of soft tissue damage to the scalp is the fact that these injuries tend to produce heavy bleeding and are difficult to bandage and manage.

Current Treatment Modalities

The most common methods for applying dressings to scalp injuries are cravats and the use of gauze rolls to form “turbans.” However, as first responders know, these approaches have a number of shortcomings. These include:

  • Difficulty in securing the dressing around anatomical structures. Applying a dressing to a head with a bleeding wound has been compared to trying to bandage a greased bowling ball, and for good reason. The shape of the human head simply doesn’t lend itself to being easily and securely wrapped.
  • Dressing migration. Not only are head wounds difficult to bandage initially, it can be even harder to keep the dressing in place during patient transport.
  • Time-consuming bandage application. Both the serious medical implications of a head wound and the emotional distress of people who have head wounds create urgency in applying a dressing. However, it takes time — and typically two people — to properly cover and protect a head wound.

Plus, add to these challenges the fact that head wounds, like all wounds, must be checked periodically so the bandage must be both secure and easy to move. Now you have an even more complicated dilemma.

New Thinking in Managing Head Wounds

The patented Trauma Beanie is a new approach to head wound care and a significant improvement over traditional bandaging methods. Easy, one-person application of the sterile, stretch-fabric, cap-like bandage can be completed in less than one minute. Trauma Beanies can even be self-administered.

In addition to ease-of-application, the Trauma Beanie provides a number of unique features and benefits, including:

  • Two models to treat severity of head wounds
  • Chin strap on advanced model to adjust compression and security
  • Can accommodate gauze dressing and cold pack
  • Antibacterial, sterile materials
  • Clear visual and physical access for wound and ear inspection
  • Does not interfere with or compromise cervical spine immobilization
  • Helps retain body heat from escaping through the head thus helping to manage the onset of hypothermia
  • The Trauma Beanie will have a defined role in active shooter, multi-casualty and other tactical or “time is of the essence” types of incidents.

In short, Trauma Beanie is the answer to head trauma treatment that first responders have been looking for to streamline their work and improve patient care. Learn more about Trauma Beanie. Contact us today.