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Plaster Cast

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  1. If you break a bone you may need to have a plaster cast put on.

  2. You will normally have an x-ray to take a picture of your bone before having a plaster cast put on.

  3. A plaster cast will help your bone to heal itself.


    It keeps your bone in position and protects it from further injury.

  4. They will put special bandages in water before putting them on your body.

  5. The bandages may feel warm as the cast becomes hard.

  6. The staff will tell you: how long you have to keep the cast on, when to come back to hospital and how to look after your plaster.

  7. If you have a leg injury you may need to use crutches to help you walk.

  8. If you have an arm injury you may need to have a sling.

  9. If you need crutches, the staff will tell you how to walk with them.

  10. The Nurse will tell you what they are doing.
    You will need to sit or lie down.

  11. Your cast has to be cut off with a machine.

  12. It makes a noise like a vacuum cleaner.

  13. The Nurse will then use scissors to remove your cast.

    They will tell you if you need another cast put on or when to come back to hospital.

  14. Staff will tell you how to look after your plaster.

    If you have a fibre glass cast, it takes 2 hours to set.

  15. If you have a fibre glass cast, it takes 2 hours to set.

  16. You should not walk on your bad leg for 2 days.

  17. You should keep your hand up for 2 days.

  18. Keep your plaster dry.
    You should not put the cast in water.
    You must cover it if you have a shower or a bath.

  19. You should get someone to help you cover your plaster.
    You can use a plastic bag for this.
    You should not put your cast in water.

  20. You must take the cover off when you have finished having a bath or shower.

  21. Come back to hospital if:-

    your plaster feels tight.

    your hand or foot becomes swollen.

    you can't feel your fingers or toes.

    you can't move your fingers or toes.

    you can't control your pain.