Finger First Aid with Cohesive Bandage

Finger injuries happen all the time, everywhere from the kitchen to the sports field. Aside from the humble sticky plaster, one of the most useful medical products for finger first aid is a roll of 2.5cm cohesive bandage. This article provides just a few examples of how it can be used.

Group Shot of 2.5cm Cohesive BandageFirst things first: cohesive bandage is not an adhesive tape. It will not stick to your skin, hair or clothes. However, it does stick firmly to itself. This makes it useful for wrapping around body parts – ankles, wrists, knees and, of course, fingers. Cohesive bandage is stretchy, flexible and fairly soft to the touch, and can be purchased in a range of sizes from 2.5cm wide to 10cm wide. Now that you understand cohesive bandage’s basic properties, here are some ways of using the 2.5cm size in the treatment of finger injuries:

Finger Wrapping

Fingers Wrapped with Cohesive Bandage

This is the simplest possible use for 2.5cm cohesive bandage. If you suffer a sprained or swollen finger, simply wrap one or turns of cohesive bandage around the injured area of the finger. When applied with a moderate amount of tension, the bandage will provide compression to help keep down swelling. It also offers some mechanical support to protect the finger against re-injury.

This technique can also help those who suffer arthritis in their hands.

Buddy Taping

Buddy Taping with Cohesive Bandage

Using cohesive bandage instead of the usual zinc oxide adhesive tape makes buddy taping even easier. The idea is very simple: to protect an injured finger you simply tape it to an adjacent finger, essentially using the uninjured finger as a support or splint for the injured one. Just use the cohesive bandage to wrap the fingers together at two points – ideally, either side of the injured area.

We published a full guide to buddy taping here (click).

Securing Finger Splints

A mallet finger splint secured with cohesive bandage

Cohesive bandage can be used instead of adhesive tapes to secure finger splints such as mallet splints or sugar tong splints. The advantages are twofold. One: you don’t get any furred-up sticky patches of glue on the splint. Two: the splint will be much easier to get on and off when you need to wash your hands. In most cases, you’ll even be able to re-use the same strip of bandage at least once.

Retaining Finger Dressings

Cohesive bandage being applied over a dressing pad

Although purpose-made finger dressings are cheap and effective – and we’d recommend them – you can do the same job with cohesive bandage and a dressing pad. Just place the dressing pad on the wound and wrap over it with the cohesive bandage. Start at the tip of the finger, working towards the hand, and apply the bandage with enough tension to put pressure on the wound. Make sure to entirely cover the dressing pad with the bandage. Don’t leave any side open, or allow any corners to peek out: the idea is to seal down the dressing to keep out dirt and contamination. This a great way of treating the bigger cuts a standard plaster cannot cope with.

Where to Buy

Naturally, we offer 2.5cm cohesive bandage in our online shop where you can buy it in single rolls or in cases of 24. Click here to buy online, or give us a call to order over the phone.

Physical Sports Limited sells first aid and medical supplies for the treatment of sports injuries. | | 01943 662 155

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