What nursing care should be done for casts? What is important to remember about plaster casts?
- CMS checks distal to cast to assess for compartment syndrome
- Assess for infection under cast
- Bivalve cast may be used near end (open on sides and held with elastic wrap to splint)
- Elevate the cast above heart to reduce swelling
- Apply ice to cast for first 24-48 hrs to reduce swelling
- Plaster casts tak 1-3 days to air dry, cannot get wet, and must be held with palms when wet