is secured with a pin or strip of adhesive tape at
the crossing on top of the head. It may be used
for fractures of the lower jaw and to retain com-
presses to the chin (fig. 4-31).
Triangular bandages are usually made of
muslin. They are made by cutting a 36 to 40
square of a piece of cloth and then cutting the
square diagonally, thus making two triangular
bandages (in sterile packs on the Navys medical
stock list). A smaller bandage may be made by
folding a large handkerchief diagonally. The
longest side of the triangular bandage is called the
base; the corner directly opposite the middle of
the base is called the point; and the other two cor-
ners are called ends (fig. 4-32).
The triangular bandage is useful because it can
be folded in a variety of ways to fit almost any
part of the body. Padding may be added to areas
that may become uncomfortable.
TRIANGULAR BANDAGE FOR HEAD.
This bandage is used to retain compresses on the
forehead or scalp. Fold back the base about 2 in-
ches to make a hem. Place the middle of the base
on the forehead, just above the eyebrows, with
the hem on the outside. Let the point fall over
the head and down over the occiput (back of the
head). Bring the ends of the triangle around the
back of the head above the ears, cross them over
the point, carry them around the forehead and
tie in a SQUARE KNOT. Hold the compress
firmly with one hand and, with the other, gently
pull down the point until the compress is snug;
then bring the point up and tuck it over and in
the bandage where it crosses the back part of the
head (fig. 4-33).
TRIANGULAR BANDAGE FOR SHOUL-
DER. Cut or tear the point, perpendicular to the
base, about 10 inches. Tie the two points loosely
around the patients neck, allowing the base to
drape down over the compress on the injured side.
Fold the base to the desired width, grasp the ends,
and fold or roll the sides toward the shoulder to
store the excess bandage. Wrap the ends snugly
around the upper arm, and tie on the outside sur-
face of the arm (fig. 4-34).
TRIANGULAR BANDAGE FOR CHEST.
Cut or tear the point, perpendicular to the base
about 10 inches. Tie the two points loosely around
the patients neck, allowing the bandage to drape
Figure 4-31.Barton bandage.
Figure 4-32.Triangular bandage.
Figure 4-33.Triangular bandage for the head.