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How to Bandage A Hand - First Aid Training - St John Ambulance

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To bandage somebody's hand, use a roller bandage.

Place the bandage on the inside of the wrist, just below the thumb.

Wrap the bandage straight around the 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 the fingers, and diagonally back across the back of the hand

to the outside of their wrist.

Pass the bandage under their wrist and repeat diagonal over the back of the hand,

across the fingers and back again.

Keep going the same way, bandaging diagonally across the hand

like a figure of eight,

but each time only cover about two-thirds the previous layer.

Each new layer should be covering a third of new skin.

Make sure you leave the tips of their fingers peeking through.

Once you've covered the whole of the hand,

wrap the bandage straight around the wrist a couple times

and secure with a pin or tape.

To check the circulation,

squeeze the fingernail for five seconds.

When you let go, if the colour doesn't come back within two seconds,

it means the bandage is too tight and you need to loosen it a little bit.