Short Forearm Cast
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Short Forearm Cast

This Short Forearm Cast course will teach you:

  • How to apply a Short Forearm Cast

Special attention is paid to the following hazards you may encounter during the Short Forearm Cast:

  • Fracture displacement
  • Wrinkly stockinette
  • Pressure complications
  • Excessive padding
  • Too wet plaster
  • Plaster interference with abduction of the thumb
  • Hand movement restriction
  • Plaster skin contact
  • Immobilizing metacarpophalangeal joints
  • Cast too far proximally

With the following tips you might perform the Short Forearm Cast even better:

  • Imaging studies adjacent joints
  • Patient specific sizes
  • Elbow support
  • Hole for thumb
  • Stockinette length
  • Rolling up stockinette
  • Position padding roll
  • Padding overlap
  • Uncovered areas
  • Water temperature
  • Identify loose end of roll before wetting
  • Disappearing of air bubbles
  • Squeezing the plaster
  • Plaster overlap
  • Imaging studies after reduction
  • Immobilization methods
  • Hand positioning
  • Sling usage

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Step by step

Preparation

Digits

Examine

Examine the digits for pain and impairment of function. Also examine the adjacent joints for functionality and pain. Examine the digits for altered sensation or impaired perfusion. This examination is used for comparison after cast application and to detect abnormalities which require immediate attention.

Imaging studies adjacent joints

If pain complaints are present in adjacent joints, doing imaging studies is advised such as an X-ray.

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