Use of Coban compressive self-adherent wraps (3M, St Paul, MN) has been found helpful in treating various conditions and injuries of the extremities, including lymphedema, edema in burned hands, and sprains or strains. However, the availability and easy application of the wrap have resulted in its common usage with or without adequate instructions. We report two cases in which severe pain and ischemia developed after this bandage was circumferentially applied to a finger to stop bleeding from a simple laceration. One patient required amputation at the level of the proximal interphalangeal joint; the other had resolution of venous congestion symptoms after removal of the nail plate, administration of aspirin, and use of a heat lamp to facilitate vasodilation and increase blood flow. Although the wrap can be safely used when employed correctly, physicians and consumers should be aware that its misuse can have severely adverse effects.

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