To begin making a hand dressing, place the injured hand around a cloth ball or other malleable (cushioned or padded) object, such as a tennis ball, balled-up sock, or rolled-up elastic bandage.
Use a cloth or rolled bandage to apply a circumferential wrap. Do not forget to place padding between the fingers.
Use adhesive tape or a cloth strip to anchor the bandage and separate the fingers, as shown above.
The complete wrap leaves the fingertips exposed, so that they can be checked for adequate circulation.
Review Date: 7/10/2009
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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