Bandaging a hand
If the bandage is aimed at providing support, you must wrap it on both sides of the injury to provide sufficient support for the entire area.
What you must do if you want to bandage someone’s hand
- Make use of a roller bandage.
- Begin by placing the tail or end of the bandage on the inner part of the wrist of that individual, below the bottom of their thumb; then wrap the bandage twice around their wrist
- From the inner part of the person’s wrist, wrap the bandage diagonally over the back of their hand up to the little fingernail, straight across underneath their fingers, and turn it back diagonally across the back of their hand to the exterior of their wrist.
- Then, pass the bandage beneath their wrist and have the diagonal repeated on the back of the hand, over the fingers and turn it back again, in a way that their fingertips are still showing.
- Continue in the same manner, diagonally bandaging across the hand forming a figure 8, but on each occasion, cover only about two-thirds of the preceding layer, so that each new layer will see you covering one-third of new skin. Ensure that you expose their fingertips.
- After you have covered the entire hand, get the bandage wrapped straight around the wrist a few times; then fasten the end by tucking it in, using sticky tape or a safety pin.
- When you are done, press a fingernail until it becomes pale. If the original colour is not restored within two seconds, that confirms that the bandage is too tight; you have to loosen it and have it done again. To ensure that the hand of that individual does not swell up after bandaging it, check their blood flow at 10-minute interval.