Figure 2-26. Applying a spiral bandage to a forearm.
2-35. APPLY A SPIRAL REVERSE WRAP TO AN EXTREMITY
Although the spiral wrap is normally used to apply pressure to a limb, the spiral
reverse wrap can also be used. The spiral reverse wrap 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. Expose the limb and check the circulation at a point below the injury, such
as the foot.
b. Lay the end of the bandage on the bottom of the limb to be wrapped and at
an angle so one corner (apex) of the bandage will not be covered when the bandage is
brought around the limb.
In figure 2-26, the apex points down toward the hand. In figure 2-27, the
apex points up away from the foot. Either method is acceptable.
c. Wrap the bandage completely around the limb twice and past the starting
d. Fold the apex (figure 2-27 A) so it lies on top of the bandage.
e. Continue wrapping the bandage around the limb a third time, bringing the
bandage over and covering the apex. The bandage is now anchored.