Rules For Bandaging

10 Rules:

1. Apply the outer side of the tail of the bandage to the injured part.

2. Bandage limbs from below upwards and from within outwards.

3. Apply a bandage so that each layer covers two-thirds of the previous one. Keep the edges parallel.

4. Never bandage without having previously applied a pad of cottonwool. Such a pad should around a limb or a finger. The cottonwool prevents compression of the veins and still allows the bandaging to be firm. If there is a wound, gauze should be placed over it before the cottonwool is applied.

5. Stand in front of the hand or foot when bandaging a limb.

6. In dressing a limb or fixing a splint do not cover the tips of the fingers or toes; they are a useful guide to whether the bandage is too tight. Blueness of the nails and swelling or numbness of the fingers indicate the need to loosen the bandage.

7. Make al reverses or crossings in a line on the outer side of the limb.

8. When bandaging the elbow keep it at right angles and make sure that a large pad of cottonwool is placed round the joint to avoid constricting the blood vessels.

9. When bandaging the knee keep it slightly bent.

10. Complete the bandage with a safety-pin or a narrow strip of adhesive plaster.

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