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FOUR-TAILED BANDAGE.-Apiece of roller bandage may be used to make a four-tailed bandage. The four-tailed bandage is good for bandaging any protruding part of the body because the center portion of the bandage forms a smoothly fitting pocket when the tails are crossed over. This type of bandage is created by splitting the cloth from each end, leaving as large a center area as necessary. Figure 3-9A shows a bandage of this kind. The four-tailed bandage is often used to hold a compress on the chin, as shown in figure 3-9B, or on the nose, as shown in figure 3-9C.

BARTON BANDAGE.-The Barton bandage is frequently used for fractures of the lower jaw and to retain compresses to the chin. As in the progressive steps illustrated in figure 3-10, the initial end of the roller bandage is applied to the head, just behind the right mastoid process. The bandage is then carried under the bony prominence at the back of the head, upward and forward back of the left ear, obliquely across the top of the head. Next bring the bandage downward in front of the right ear. Pass the bandage obliquely across the top of the head, crossing the first turn in the midline of the head, and then backward and downward to the point of origin behind the right mastoid. Nowcarry the bandage around the back of the head under the left ear, around the front of the chin, and under the right ear to the point of origin. This procedure is repeated several times, each turn exactly overlaying the preceding turn. Secure the bandage with a pin or strip of adhesive tape at the crossing on top of the head.

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