How To Apply A Finger Bandage

How To Apply A Finger Bandage

Protecting cuts and burns on the finger can be tricky, since fingers move and are used so much. A finger bandage helps keep dressings in place for longer, aiding the healing process. In this guide, first aid trainer Clive James from St John Ambulance shows you how to apply a finger bandage.

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  • A finger bandage is used over the top of a dressing to keep it in place. There are two main varieties of finger bandage. One, as shown in this guide, is pre-rolled and simply needs to be unfurled over the finger and the dressing. The other is a long tube of gauze which needs to be cut to size and put on with an applicator.
  • To apply a finger bandage with an applicator, cut a piece of bandage two times the length of the finger and slide it all onto the applicator. Slide the applicator over the finger, pull up, twist and push over the finger again. This ensures the entire finger is covered, keeping the dressing held firm and protecting any cut or burn from infection.
  • With the pre-rolled bandage just slide it onto the finger, all the way to the base, twist the top and push the other half down, too. Trim the bottom part if necessary to alleviate potential pressure at the base of the finger which could be painful and restrict blood flow.