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Practical procedures

Plastering techniques for GPs. Part 2: Volar forearm slab

Anthony P Pohl

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Abstract

Part 1 in the previous issue described the technique for a Colles’ fracture cast. This part will describe how to apply a volar forearm slab.

Article Extract

This article describes what I do. However, these are only my personal preferences and do not exclude other preferences, techniques and ‘tricks of the trade’.

Volar forearm slab
Cautionary notes

Applying a dorsal slab to the forearm that extends over the dorsum of the metacarpophalangeal joints may cause pressure to those joints, with resultant skin breakdown and erosion extending into the joints. I prefer a volar slab.

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