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The Band-Aid

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Helen Lazaris

on 9 August 2016

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Transcript of The Band-Aid

Adhesive bandages cover and protect wounds, primarily minor cuts and scrapes, from contaminants.
Just married, Josephine Dickson was new to homemaking and a novice in the kitchen. Trying her best to prepare dinner every night, Josephine frequently cut her fingers. Dressing the wound was very time consuming, and nearly impossible to do alone. Coming to her aid, her husband Earle decided to prepare bandages for her disposal. He placed squares of cotton gauze at intervals along a strip of adhesive tape and covered them with crinoline. Now, when his wife would cut her finger, all she had to do was to cut the ready-made tape and apply it to her wound. This was a huge time-saver. He took his idea to his bosses, and the single band-aid was born.
Earle Dickson

Graduate of Yale
Cotton buyer for Johnson & Johnson
Invented in Band-Aid in 1920
US Patent 1,612,267 on December 28, 1929

Then and Now
The original band-aid marketed to the public was 3” long, and 18” wide.
The use of the product has not really changed, but it now comes in a variety of styles and sizes.
It is a common staple in most homes and has been used by pretty much everyone.
The Band-Aid is in the Medical field of Technology
Huge impact on society.
Greatly reduces the chances of getting infections and possibly diseases caused by open wounds.
Without the band-aid the world would be much more unsanitary.
1920 -
BAND-AID Brand Adhesive Bandages debut – not a big hit.

1924 -
Mass produced by machines

1938 -
Completely sterile bandages are introduced

1951 -
Plastic strips are introduced

1956 -
Decorative bandages are introduced – “Stars and Strips”

1957 -
Clear Strips bandages

1997 -
Band-Aid Brand Antiobiotic Bandges, antibionic
ointment right on the pad

2002 -
Liquid Bandage that promotes fast healing on contact

Postitive Impacts of Society
Negative Impacts on Society
If overused, or misused, a band-aid could prevent a wound from breathing and can delay recovery and even lead to infection.
If not disposed of properly a band-aid can lead to the spread of bacteria.
Discovery that ready-made bandages can be self applied to protect contaminants from entering wounds.
Band-aids were originally cut and assembled by hand, four years later machines were developed to manufacture.
Designing a vinyl tape and gauze and covering it with crinoline.
Dimensions of vinyl tape and gauze.
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