b. Wrap the limb in a spiral manner (see figure 6-4). On each turn, overlap
about one-third of the previous turn. Keep the bandage tight enough to apply pressure
to the limb, but not tight enough to impair blood circulation.
Figure 6-4. Spiral wrap.
c. Continue wrapping until the entire portion of the limb has been wrapped.
d. Secure the bandage with a circular wrap.
e. Tape, clip, or tie the end of the bandage.
APPLY A SPIRAL REVERSE WRAP
Although the spiral wrap (see figure 6-5) is normally used to apply pressure to a
limb, the spiral reverse wrap can also be used. It is especially useful when applying
pressure to the calf (lower leg) since it follows the contours of the limb more closely than
does the spiral wrap.
a. Secure the bandage at the ankle with an anchor wrap (see figure 6-5 A).
b. Apply about four spiral turns (see figure 6-5 B).
c. Place the thumb of your free hand on the upper edge of the uppermost turn
and apply firm pressure to hold the bandage in place.