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Fiberglass Short Arm Cast Application and Removal
Apply stockinette to upper and lower portion of arm as shown
Start wrapping cotton at wrist
Continue to hand..
Apply two layers around hand and continue up arm
Tear cotton around thumb
Apply two layers around hand and continue up arm
Wrap tightly and avoid wrinkles in cotton
Apply two layers of cotton to entire arm
Fold upper arm stockinette over cotton
Apply a thumb pad- MOST IMPORTANT PART!!!
Wrap snugly around thumb
Fold stockinette over hand portion of cast
Fiberglass must be wet. Either fill a basin with water or use running water from sink.
Remove fiberglass from package
Submerse in water or hold under running water for a few seconds
Begin wrapping at wrist
Wrap once around wrist and proceed to hand
Make a cut to go around thumb
Repeat this step until desired thickness reached (two to three layers)
Continue to roll fiberglass up the arm
Roll fiberglass- DO NOT PULL!
Roll carefully to avoid wrinkles
There should be two to three layers of cast material when finished
Use palms of hands to mold cast while it is drying (about 5 minutes)
Never use fingers as this can dent the cast and cause pressure sores
This is a good way to mold the cast around the hand
Some areas may be rough as shown below
A nail file may be used to smooth rough areas
Scissors may also be used to cut rough areas
Completed cast free of wrinkles or rough areas
No rough areas noticeable
Short Arm Cast Removal
Start cutting on top (superior) side of cast
Continue the whole length of cast
Turn arm over and make same cut along entire length of cast (inferior side)
Use Cast Spreaders to open cast.
Tear Cotton and Remove Cast
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