How To Check Circulation After Bandaging

How To Check Circulation After Bandaging

Learn how to properly check circulation after bandaging an injury. If you bandage an injury too tightly you can make it worse, so VideoJug is going to show you how to check circulation properly. Master this simple art correctly and make sure your first aid leads to fast healing. This video shows you how to check circulation after Bandaging.

Step 1: Press on nail or skin of hand or foot

Begin by pressing on one of the nails or skin of the hand or foot until it becomes pale. Then release, and if the colour does not come back or comes back slowly, the bandage is likely to be too tight.

Step 2: Keep checking circulation

Keep checking circulation every 10 minutes, as limbs can swell up and bandage may become tighter.

Step 3: Loosen bandages

To loosen tight bandages unroll a few turns so that colour and warmth return to the skin.

Step 4: Recognizing symptoms

Initially, skin and veins beyond the bandage may appear swollen, congested and deep red/purple/blue in colour if the bandage is restricting blood as it flows through the veins back towards the heart.

Step 5: Restricted blood supply

Restricted blood supply can also cause skin beyond the bandage to become pale and waxy in appearance, and cool to touch. The patient may experience numbness or a tingling sensation followed by profound pain as well the inability to move affected fingers or toes.

Step 6: Seek medical advice

If symptoms are not immediately relived by reapplying the bandage more loosely, then remove the bandage and seek medical advice immediately.