“ Soft and comfortable bandage to hold dressings in place and to protect injured fingers. Cut to size. Does not fray or unwind. „
I make every attempt to keep a well stocked first aid box at my home and try to cover every eventuality with the products that I buy without going overboard. One of the items contained within the box is Boots Finger Bandage and Applicator; something which has been used time and time again over the years with this review discussing my thoughts.
The appearance of the packaging has been significantly modernised from Dooyoo's image as displayed above with all of Boots own brand first aid products being of a combination of calming greens. The finger bandage and applicator are contained within a fairly sturdy cardboard box and despite being located in my first aid box for quite some time, it still remains intact.
Contained inside the box is a roll of 1.6 cm in width x 4 m in length white tubular bandage, a sturdy plastic applicator and an accompanying booklet, which displays a good size text on the four ways on how to use the bandage together with colourful step-by-step images. In addition, the reverse of the box displays small pictures, which illustrate the ways in which the bandage can be used. My most recent use of the bandage was when I accidentally ripped off one of my finger nails, which my husband describes as daggers due to their long length.
Unfortunately, the incident caused a nasty infection, which subsequently resulted in my finger badly swelling with my wedding ring needing to be urgently cut away much to my dismay. Whilst I applied a small dressing to the area in question, I needed to ensure that it remained in place as well as protecting the injury from bumps and knocks. Using the sturdy plastic applicator, which measures approximately 8½ cm in length, is extremely easy without the aid of assistance from another person.
Whilst the plastic is sturdy, the applicator is of a squashed "V" shape and as a result, is flexible and can adapt to both slim and larger fingers. I chose to use the closed end bandage method so that the tip of my finger was well cushioned. In order to create this, a length of bandage twice as long as the finger should be cut from the roll and loosely fed onto the applicator. The applicator should then be placed over the finger so that the open sides of the applicator are between the fingers.
The bandage should then be firmly held at the base of the finger whilst the applicator is carefully withdrawn through the bandage until the base of the applicator is located above the fingertip at which point it should be twisted once. The process should then be repeated to double the thickness of the bandage; after which the plastic applicator is free of bandage. As a result, the edge of the bandage will be located at the base of the finger and can be secured with a little microporous tape with the tip of the finger being firmly and securely covered.
The bandage can be applied as open end, tied and finger stall although I cannot admit to having used any of these methods as I have always preferred to apply it closed for extra protection. Whilst the bandage isn't as thick as those that you would use for a wrist sprain, it has always sufficed for well protecting any wounds and is extremely comfortable to wear. In addition, using the applicator prevents the bandage from unravelling nor does it fray along the edges. Whilst the product is described as a finger bandage, I can see no reason why it cannot be used on the thumbs. The bandage is easily removed by simply removing the tape at the lower end of the finger and gently lifting away.
As only approximately 16 cm are required for each application, the 4 m roll will last for a considerably long time unless of course, you are accident prone. I cannot recommend this product highly enough and it is a definite essential for every first aid kit. You can make a purchase from Boots for £3.59 and if you purchase five first aid products you can obtain a free St Johns Ambulance First aid kit bag.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
Harry has an awful habit of slamming doors at the moment, especially his bedroom one early in the mornings which can be a tad annoying! We're always worried he's going to catch his finger, and sadly that's what happened a week ago at 8.30am in the morning. We had to rush him to the local Minor Injuries Unit, and the nurse there administered some Calpol and a rather fetching looking bandage to protect his damaged little finger. He felt rather sorry for himself for a few days, but luckily his finger is on the mend now, and no major damage was caused!
But of course, I had to change his bandage a few times as toddlers like Harry don't care that they have to keep it clean, and consequently it had all sorts of lovely stains on it, so I wanted to change it and keep it as clean as possible. I headed off to Boots and had a look around at the finger bandages, and saw this little kit around the First Aid shelf priced at £3.19 for the bandage and the applicator with it. It's a little pricey but considering Harry's fingers are only tiddly, I'm going to get a lot of use out of it!
The packet that the bandage comes in doesn't look like the one pictured, they've now updated it and it is a simple and clean looking green and white cardboard box with a picture of the bandage on it. It also has a little information on it around the box. When you open the lid, you can see the bandage rolled up into a spiral, the applicator and an instruction leaflet which explains how to use the bandage and the applicator.
Luckily, I had watched the nurse put it on Harry's finger the other day so I knew what I was doing and was quite confident in my abilities as Nurse Mummy! You simply have to cut off a length of bandage which is about 3-4 times as long as the fingers to allow for multiple layers, and then put this onto the applicator by sliding it along. Then, place the applicator over the finger and let the end of the bandage slip down onto the finger. Pull up until you reach the end of the finger and twist a few times to secure it. Repeat until you run out of bandage, and then secure with some plaster tape around the base of the finger. I used extra bandage to secure it around Harry's hand and wrist like the nurse did, because otherwise Harry would just pull it off!
As you can see, its pretty simple to use and pretty much anybody can do it. The applicator is just white plastic so should accomodate any finger size easily. The bandage is only sold in one size but is incredibly small so is fine for tiny fingers like Harry's, and it stretches perfectly to fit an adult's finger as well. Super stuff. The length of bandage you get in the kit is 4 metres so there is plenty there for several applications as required.
I know that isn't the most interesting review in the world, but sometimes its nice to write on the most normal of things in case someone needs it for reference! Again, the bandage can be purchased from Boots the Chemist in the First Aid section for £3.19 for a 4 metre length. It's easy to use, hygenic and good for keeping dressings on little fingers. A good product to have in your cupboard, I'm sure I might need mine again in the future!
Thank you for reading!
Soft and comfortable bandage to hold dressings in place and to protect injured fingers. Cut to size. Does not fray or unwind.