The Daily Halacha Moment - Bandages On Shabbat 🩹
״כל השונה הלכות בכל יום - מובטח לו שהוא בן העולם הבא״ (נידה עג ע״א, מגילה כח:)
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May one use bandages on Shabbat?
It is permissible to use non-medicated band-aids on Shabbat -- this
includes tearing open the wrapper, removing the stickers, and applying
the band-aid. It is also permissible to remove a band-aid on Shabbat. However, it is preferable to wait until after Shabbat to take off a band-aid if one is certain that he will cause hairs to be pulled out in the process.
Nonetheless, It is forbidden on Shabbat to apply an ointment to a bandage, and if such a bandage had been placed on a wound before Shabbat, it is forbidden to replace it if it fell off, or to put on a new one. If, however, the bandage needs to be changed to prevent infection, one may prepare bandages with ointment before Shabbat and then replace his bandage on Shabbat as needed. If it is a very deep cut, and one needs to put an ointment in order to prevent infection, one may place the ointment on the cut on Shabbat.
Adapted From R' Yonatan Nacsons "Laws Of Shabbat" vol. 2, p. 302-303
. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 3, p. 403; Yalkut Yosef, Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 177.
. Halichot Olam, vol. 4, pp. 204 & 235; Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 3, pp. 370 & 404. See also Ohr LeTzion, vol. 2, 36:15.
. If the bandage did not fall directly on the ground, then one may put it back on. Similarly, one may ask a non-Jew to put the bandage back on ( Shulchan Aruch 328:25; Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 3, p. 403).
. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 5, p. 60; Halichot Olam, vol. 4, p. 203. If possible, one should ask a non-Jew to put on the bandage.
. Yalkut Yosef, Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 178. Menuchat Ahavah, vol. 1, 21:58 adds that one should not soak a piece of cotton in a disinfectant. Rather, one should put the disinfectant on the cut and then place it on the affected area, this way, one avoids the issue of squeezing the cotton.
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