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Esmarch bandage

noun Es·march bandage \ ˈes-ˌmärk , ˈez- \
variants: or Esmarch's bandage play \ˈes-ˌmärks-, ˈez-\

medical Definition of Esmarch bandage

:a tight rubber bandage for driving the blood out of a limb

Biographical Note for esmarch bandage

  • Esmarch, Johannes Friedrich August von (1823–1908), German surgeon. Esmarch was a military surgeon who introduced a number of innovative measures and devices for battlefield use. The author of a widely used first-aid manual, he instituted training in first aid for civilian and military personnel. In 1869 he introduced the use of the first-aid bandage on the battlefield. Four years later during the Franco-Prussian War he developed the bandage now known as the Esmarch bandage.

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