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Hand splint - series

Indications:
Indications

To begin making a hand dressing, place the injured hand around a cloth ball or other malleable (cushioned or padded) object, such as a tennis ball, balled-up sock, or rolled-up elastic bandage.



Indications, part 1:
Indications, part 1

Use a cloth or rolled bandage to apply a circumferential wrap. Do not forget to place padding between the fingers.



Indications, part 2:
Indications, part 2

Use adhesive tape or a cloth strip to anchor the bandage and separate the fingers, as shown above.



Aftercare:
Aftercare

The complete wrap leaves the fingertips exposed, so that they can be checked for adequate circulation.




Review Date: 7/10/2009
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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