“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Bandage „
Be prepared! that's my motto - or one of them at least - the others focus on never saying no to free food and trying everything twice! Part of this preparedness is to have a well stocked first aid cabinet, which includes the Tesco Stretch Bandage.
What is it
It's a 5cm x 4.5m stretched white bandage, part of the recently revamped Tesco value range, and priced very competitively at just 28 pence. The normal crepe bandage was priced at 84 pence and of the same size.
A nasty fall on a wet floor meant my elbow was poking out of the skin and not tucked neatly under as it should be. Whilst, explaining to my concerned wife that a litre of blood and a protruding elbow bone were not sufficient reasons to go to a hospital.. I am a man after all!... i relented to the use of a bandage.
Easily taken out of its cellophane wrapper, the bandage was applied to the elbow after applying a dressing, stretched around a few times and fastened with a safety pin (not supplied). The bandage held in place and absorbed the blood, noticeably stemming the flow instantaneously. I would recommend the use of some dressing before applying the bandage, as the combination seemed to work very well indeed.
After a short while, i agreed to go to the hospital where stitches were indeed applied. In the two hours in between I had noticed the edges were getting frayed already, which raises concerns over the long term durability of this product. Other than that, i found this to be useful and very cheap addition to my first aid cabinet. I have since added a 'proper' bandage to the cabinet, as i have reservations of the long term reliability and durability of this product, but as a support bandage and something 'to have' in case of emergencies, this was 28 pence well spent and would recommend to everyone to have.
I tend to go with the supermarket brands wherever is possible to try and save the pennies and first aid products are no different. I bought this bandage from Tesco a while ago just to have in the first aid box and it only cost me about 25p at the time. I have recently ended up using the bandage so am now going to review it.
The bandage is part of the Tesco Value range which is now called the Everyday Value range however you can buy very similar items in chemists and other supermarkets.
The bandage comes packaged in a simple plastic wrapper which has a piece of paper inside with the name of the shop and the name of the item on it, it also states the size of the bandage which is 5cm x 4.5 metres which means it is a decent size and was plenty big enough for my problem.
I had a cut on my arm which was a little too big for a plaster and I found that a plaster kept coming off when I was working, as I work in care I needed to make sure my wound was properly covered and so I used one of these bandages.
The bandage comes ready wound so is very easy to use, I personally put a piece of gauze underneath and then wrapped the bandage around my arm before cutting the end of it in 2 and tying it around my arm to secure it.
The bandage is very easy to use and feels soft too which is great as it means it is comfortable to wear when needed. The bandage stretches quite a bit so you need to be careful not to pull too tightly when bandaging as a tight bandage can be dangerous. Best of all the bandages are fantastic value and I would recommend everyone has a couple in their first aid box.
My eczema is quite bad at the minute and I have several ugly patches of it on my wrists and ankles.
I usually use adhesive dressings whenever my eczema flares up but because I've been moisturising several times a day it's a bit awkward as the adhesive doesn't stick to my skin. I spotted these bandages in Tesco a couple of days ago and bought two of them as at just 28 pence each they seemed like brilliant value and a much cheaper alternative to adhesive dressings.
The bandages come rolled up in a plastic packet which is easy to open. The packet is easy to open and the branding while minimalistic isn't too ugly or cheap looking. The bandage itself is white. It is made from a soft, thin cotton-like material and it measures 5cm x 4.5cm which is the perfect size to cover my eczema and large enough but not too bulky.
The bandage stretches easily and I found it easy to put on - I simply wrapped it around my skin and secured it with some bandage tape. Tesco advise that it should be applied to dry skin however I put mine on after I'd moisturised with a thick emollient and it was fine. The bandage felt light and soft against my skin and it isn't at all bulky so I can wear long sleeve tops when I have it on my wrists. I wear one bandage during the day and before bed I change it. I personally do not re-use the bandages and throw them away after one use however if you use them for joint support I don't see why they can't be re-used.
The bandage soaks up any blood, pus and moisture so it keeps my clothes dry and it keeps my sore patches of skin (which are currently resembling open wounds!) clean and protected. As well as this the bandages mean that I am unable to scratch whenever my skin is itchy so my skin will heal a lot quicker. Overall these bandages are just as good as any other and they're very cheap so I recommend them and I will be picking some more up when I am next in Tesco.
Five out of five stars.
I have a first aid kit at home which I keep stocked up and so this means replacing anything that I use as I use it. One item I have used and have since replaced also is a bandage which I needed to put on my daughters arm when she had a nasty cut to it and it helped to keep the non-adhesive dressing in place. The bandage I used was a Tesco Value Stretch Bandage which I bought in Tesco for just 28p - which I believe is a pretty fantastic price.
The bandage is a basic bandage that doesn't have any bells and whistles - but it does the job. It comes in the Tesco Value wrapping, and it is sterile until the packaging is opened. The packaging also tells us that the bandage is 4.5 cm wide and 54 cm long - and so it is long enough to wrap around a limb several times. However, it's worth bearing in mind that it actually isn't that wide and so it is really only suitable for minor cuts, strains and sprains.
The bandage is made of a light weave and so when wrapped around a limb it is not heavy or bulky and it does not add unnecessary heat. While the thinness of the bandage makes the bandage comfortable, it does mean that it doesn't afford much protection and so I actually think this is most useful for holding dressings in place more than anything else. Because it is stretchy material it does hold tight against the limb and once in place it doesn't tend to move about much. I secure it with Duopore tape as this seems to hold it well.
While this bandage is suitable for short-term temporary measures, I think if the bandage needs to be worn for more than about 24 hours then something a little more substantial may be needed.
I suffer from joint pain in my left wrist. It comes and goes but I often need something to support it.
I purchased one of these bandages from Tesco for just under 30p. The bandage comes wrapped up in a plastic wrapper and it just needs a quick re shape before you use it. The bandage is more or less a crepe bandage and similar to those that you would find inside a first aid kit. It isn't very thick but it was cheap so I didn't really expect it to be. Once you have taken the bandage out of the packaging it is ready to use. Fortunately it is quite big in terms of length so you can wrap it around your injury a few times before securing it. The bandage does need securing as it doesn't come with any pins, however I find that a simple safety pin does the job!
The bandage is quite stretchy so it's comfortable to wear. I found that it supported my wrist without leaving my wrist feeling heavy and I was able to move my wrist freely when I needed to. It just gave me that little bit of extra support that I needed whilst I was at work. You can also use the bandage wet for extra support. It stays damp for a while and the damp feeling helps to cool down your injury. You can also wash the bandage in the washing machine. It does start to fray a little after the second wash but it won't break the band if you needed to buy a new one!
Tip: Don't cut the bandage - It will fray!
This is a great bandage for the price.
A few months ago my youngest daughter broke her toe and had to walk with crutches for a few weeks to help recover. She found that after a day or so her hands were hurting really badly from gripping the handles of the crutches so we thought we would try getting some bandages and wrapping them around the handles to make them more cushioned.
We did not want to pay the earth for them so I had a quick look on the Tesco web site as we were just going to put in our monthly grocery order and was pleased to find they sold some on there. They are in their value range and only cost 28p each which is brilliant for the price so we ordered a couple of them.
When they turned up the next day they were wrapped in a cellophane cover with the normal blue and red logs on them for the Tesco Value range. The bandages measure 5cm x 4.5 cm so plenty big enough for what we wanted them for.
Once we got them out of the packet they felt the same as any other bandage that you would buy, they were stretchy and made from a crepey feel fabric. They wrapped around the handles of the crutches quite easily and we were able to stick the ends down by using a piece of sticking plaster. We didn't have to use both of the bandages, we found that one was big enough to cut in half and it gave the handles plenty of cushion. The other bandage is still in the packaging so it will be handy if ever we need a bandage in the future.
After a couple of days the bandage was looking a bit dirty from use so we took them off and washed them in the machine and hung them up over night. The bandage looked a bit smaller the next day so might have shrunk a bit but it was still nice and stretchy so we were able to rewind them around the handles once again.
I am very pleased with these bandages and for the price of 28p they are a good thing to add to your order next time you do one to put in your first aid box in case you ever need one.
I have many people on this site as friends over on Facebook. Those of you that are will know of my ongoing neighbour from hell trouble. I have been living with no sleep for weeks now, police know my block really, really well and its so awful here. Anyway with a huge lack of sleep and keeping quiet through their loud drug fuelled parties night out after night I ended up getting drunk in my flat with my best mate. Their noise ended mine did not and they came to complain, for once at me (Ironic eh lol). In my drunken stupor I screamed my head off and completely vented my anger so much so the police was called and I was almost arrested twice!
5 men took me on, pushed me over and knocked me out for ten minutes. The upshot of the story was I woke up the next day with a bump on my head, covered in bruises and my arm was completely cut open and so very sore and even though this happpened last week my arm is still in a bad way and as I type this review I have this bandage on it.
The injury was too bad and too big for a plaster to surfice and I kept knocking it, it kept throbbing and bleeding and uncovered I was sleeping with the wound getting stuck to my bed! My mate went to Tesco to get me a bandage and actually came back with 5 of these to see me though and as I'm a clumsy clot a couple went into my huge medicine cabinet for the future.
These come in a see through plastic covering in a roll and with a white, blue and red label on it and on that we are told that they are Tesco 'Value' Stretch Bandage 54x4.5cm (stretched) then on the back of it we are told what it can be used for, directions for use are given as well as warnings and contact details for Tesco are given.
Of course this can be used for a variety of injuries and this offers a light support and is very suitable apparently for minor sprains and strains. Of course you can use it as you like and for a variety of injuries and if using it for cuts and grazes and the likes like I have then take a tip from me you really do need to use a dressing as these bandages are really thin no matter how many layers of it you can use.
So the bandage itself is soft, smooth white and thin as I have already mentioned. I put a dressing in place and got me mate to work on bandaging it up and appeared ok. The only problem I had with this bandage was the thinness of it and that using it from the day after my arm got cut open blood and puss really seeped through it badly. Now the injury is healing this has faired better though to be fair to it and has helped to protect my arm from dirt and and the likes though cutting it is easy enough it does fray badly but I needed the whole lot!
The biggest issue as I have already stated is thats it so thin, once stretched it puckers and becomes see through in places and for that reason I can only use change my dressing a couple of times before binning it as it looks unsightly and loses any life in it!
You can of course wash them but to be honest because of the general quality and price of them I don't bother doing that.
My opinion is these are not too bad depending on what you want them for but I wouldn't advise them for big issues like mine.
Only available from Tesco priced at 20p per bandage.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.