How to bandage a hand
You can bandage a hand to hold a dressing in place, or to
support a sprained or strained wrist. If the bandage is to provide
support, you need to wrap it either side of the injury too, to give
enough support for the whole area.
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What you need to do
• To bandage someone’s hand, use a roller bandage.
• Start by putting the end (tail) of the bandage on the
inside of their wrist, below the bottom of their thumb, and wrap
the bandage straight around their wrist, twice.
• Then, wrap the bandage from the inside of their wrist,
diagonally across the back of their hand up to the nail of their
little finger, straight across underneath their fingers, and
diagonally back across the back of their hand to the outside of
• Pass the bandage under their wrist and repeat the
diagonal over the back of the hand, across the fingers and back
again, so the tips of their fingers are still peeking out.
• Keep going in the same way, bandaging diagonally across
the hand like a figure-of-eight, but each time, only cover about
two thirds of the previous layer, so that with each new layer
you’re covering a third of new skin. Make sure you leave the tips
of their fingers peeking out though.
• Once you’ve covered the whole hand, wrap the bandage
straight around the wrist a couple of times, and then fasten the
end using a safety pin or sticky tape or by tucking it in.
• As soon as you’ve finished, check their fingers for
circulation, by pressing a finger nail for five seconds until it
goes pale. If the colour doesn’t come back within two seconds, the
bandage is too tight so you’ll need to loosen it and do it again.
Their hand could keep swelling after you’ve bandaged it, so keep
checking their circulation every ten minutes.