The modified Robert-Jones dressing is applicable to many situations in veterinary practice. Some examples include post-operatively, pre-fracture repair to provide temporary stabilisation and as an outer layer for primary wound dressings. This is a short video where one of Veterinary Specialist Services' surgeons, Dr Abbie Tipler, demonstrates the application of this dressing.

Key features of application include: the application of stirrups, bandage layering overlapping by approximately 50%, conforming layer slightly compressing the softban layer, the digits remaining exposed post the elastoplast +- vetwrap layer and the application being even with no kinks or pressure points. 

How to apply a Robert-Jones dressing

To apply a modified Robert-Jones dressing or bandage, leave digits exposed and:

  1. Apply stirrups

  2. Apply a Soffban/safe soft layer above the stirrups. Apply three or five layers and end proximally. 

  3. Then apply a conforming bandage layer, compressing the cotton slightly. 

  4. Ensure stirrups are out and digits are still exposed and then apply the Elastoplast layer of bandage

  5. (Optional) Apply a vet wrap layer for extra protection

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