Elastic Bandage

You have been given an elastic bandage to make you more comfortable and to lessen swelling.


How to apply:

  • Hold the roll in one hand with the loose end in the other hand. Place the outside of the loose end on the patient's hand or foot.

  • With your working hand, pass the roll around the patient's hand or foot 2 or 3 times. Wrap so that it is snug, but do not pull on the wrap. It should be not too tight and not too loose.

  • Make a "figure eight" turn (like an "x") around the wrist or ankle.

  • Finish the wrap away from the wrist or ankle so the clips will not be over bony areas. Fasten the end with the clips or tape.

The following problems may mean that the elastic bandage is too tight. You need to remove the bandage and put it on again, less tightly.

  • Increased swelling or pain occurs.

  • Fingers or toes become pale, bluish, or cold.

  • The fingers or toes become numb or tingling.

  • There is loss of movement in the injured hand or foot.

Only take medicine as directed by your caregiver.


  • Any of the above problems are not gone 30 minutes after you rewrap the bandage.

  • You have other questions or concerns.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.