Friday, July 17, 2015

Dressing a Wound on Shabbat

Dressing a Wound on Shabbat
Day: Friday
Date: July 17, 2015
Parshat: Matot/Mas'ei
Yalkut Yosef: 551

It is permissible to put a bandage on a wound on Shabbat even if the injured person is not in any danger. If the bandage is too long it may folded over but not cut down to size. Since when applying ointment to a wound the idea is for it to stay there and not become absorbed, one may not put ointment on the wound since he may smear it, which is forbidden on Shabbat. If there already was a bandage with ointment on the wound from before Shabbat, it may be put back if it fell off on Shabbat. However, if it fell on the floor it may not be put back. If there is reason to assume that the wound may become dirty and may cause pain or damage, it is permissible to prepare from before Shabbat bandages with ointment already on them and change the old ones for the fresh ones on Shabbat. Of course, if there is any danger of losing a limb or worse, everything possible must be done to help the person.

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