APPLY A RECURRENT WRAP
A recurrent wrap is used for a stump (amputated limb), finger, or hand. The
procedures given below are for securing a dressing applied to a complete amputation.
Figure 6-7. Applying a recurrent bandage to a stump.
a. Apply an anchor wrap above the stump. Apply the wrap so the apex will be
pointing toward the stump when it is folded down over the bandage (see figure 6-7 A).
b. Bring the bandage down diagonally across the front of the limb (see figure 6-
7A) and around the stump, encasing the edge of the dressing. Hold the bandage in
back so it will not slip.
c. Bring the bandage to the front.
d. Move diagonally up across the front of the limb, forming an "X" pattern with
the downward diagonal (see figure 6-7 B).
e. Encircle the "X" pattern at the anchor point with one complete turn.
f. Form the first recurrent (running back to the source). Put your thumb on the
top of the bandage to keep it in place, make a fold, bring the bandage down, over the
far side of the dressing, and up the back (see figure 6-7 C). Hold the dressing in place
on the back of the limb with your index finger.
g. Form the second recurrent. Make a fold at the back and bring the bandage
down, over the opposite side of the dressing, and up the front (see figure 6-7 D).
h. Form the third recurrent. Make a fold at the front, then bring the bandage
down over the center of the dressing and up the back.
i. Lock the recurrents in place with a complete turn 3 to 4 inches from the
bottom of the stump (below the anchor wrap).
j. Move diagonally across the stump from the locking turn encasing the edges
of the recurrents; then move back diagonally forming another "X" pattern.