To provide a complete non-adherent compression dressing for
an injured finger tip, first cut out an L-shaped segment
from a strip of polyurethane or oil-emulsion (Adaptic)
gauze. Cover the gauze with antibiotic ointment to provide
occlusion and prevent adhesion.
What to do:
Place the tip of the finger over the short leg of the gauze
and then fold it over the top of the finger.
Take the long leg of the gauze and wrap it around the tip of
For absorption and compression, fluff a cotton gauze pad and
apply it over the end of the finger.
Cover with roller or tube gauze and secure with adhesive
What not to do:
Do not place tight circumferential wraps of tape around a
finger, especially if you anticipate swelling. They may act
as a tourniquet and lead to vascular compromise. Use
caution applying tube gauze: two to four layers will