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CASTS

Bon Stalin Paclauna

Definition
A cast holds a broken bone in place as it heals.

Casts immobilize the joint above and the joint below the area that is to be kept straight and without motion.

Function
To promote healing and early weight bearing. To support, maintain and protect realigned bone.

To prevent or correct deformity


To immobilize

Contraindications

Pregnancy Skin disease Swelling Open wound Infection

Kinds
plaster Fiber glass

Types

Types

Nursing Interventions

Handle wet cast with palms of hands, not fingers. Cast should be allowed to air dry. Elevate the cast on one or two pillows during drying. Observe hot spot and musty odor, which is signs and symptoms of infection. Maintain skin integrity Do neurovascular checks such as skin color, skin temperature, sensation, mobility and pulse. Assess for vascular occlusion. Adhesive tape petals reduce irritation at cast edges. Prevent complication of mobility.