Bandaging an Arm – your step-by-step guide

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1. Preparing your bandages

In this video, you will learn what products are required to bandage an arm.
(1:37 mins)

Preparing stockinette

2. Cutting stockinette

You will need to cut a piece of stockinette about one an a half times the length of the arm. Allow at least 3-5cm overhang at the top of the arm. The length needs to come to the first knuckle of the index finger. Carefully cut a small slit for the thumb. Pull the stockinette back off the hand in preparation for finger bandaging.

3. Applying finger bandages

Before you begin, you will need 2 x 2.5cm gauze bandages.
(4:35 mins)

4. Applying the undercast padding (fluffy)

Before you begin, you will need 2 to 3 rolls of undercast padding, start with a 5cm for the hand and moving up the arm you may need a 7.5cm and a 10cm.
(2:15 mins)

5. Applying the first bandage

Before you begin you will need 1 x 6cm short stretch bandage.
(3:15 mins)

6. Checking capillary refill

Once you have applied the first layer of bandages, it is important to check capillary refill.
(1:12 mins)

7. Applying bandage layers 2 and 3

Before you begin, you will need 2 or 3 bandages. Choose from sizes 8cm or 10cm.
(1:47 mins)

8. Applying the fourth and final layer of bandaging

Before you begin, you will need 1 x 10cm bandage.
(59 secs)

Arm bandaged

9 The finished product!

Your bandaged arm should look similar to this.
(5 secs)

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