Casting: part two
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Casting: part two

Margaret A Prior Honorary Secretary, RCN Society of Orthopaedic Nursing.
Susan Miles National Casting Training Adviser, British Orthopaedic Association.

Aims and intended learning outcomes

The aim of this article is to provide information on the reasons for cast adaptation, the safest ways to adapt and/or remove a patient’s cast, and to consider complications that may occur, sometimes as a result of poor practice. The provision of appliances and educational advice for patients and their carers will also be considered.

After reading this article you should be able to:

Discuss the reasons for adapting a cast.

Illustrate how to avoid injuries that can be caused during cast removal.

Discuss the complications that may occur and understand how to remedy these.

Advise the patients and their carers on the care of their cast after application, adaptation or removal.

Emergency Nurse. 7, 3, 32-37. doi: 10.7748/en1999.