Casting of pediatric fractures

1. General introduction to nonoperative fracture care

Klaus Dresing and Jos Engelen are presenting a live interactive Webcast.

Learning goals

  • Describe the characteristics of the different casting materials.
  • Explain the principles of cast application.
  • Define the basic steps of post application treatment.
  • Recognize potential for and prevent complications.
  • Apply casts and splints and prescribe orthoses.

2. Videos from "Casts, Splints, and Support Bandages—Nonoperative Treatment and Perioperative Protection"

Introduction

The below videos are taken from the AO Publication "Casts, Splints, and Support Bandages - Nonoperative treatment and perioperative protection" edited by Klaus Dresing, Peter Trafton, and Jos Engelen. This publication examines the principles, methods, and techniques for applying a modern plaster or synthetic cast for the treatment of fractures, ligament, nerve, and soft-tissue injuries, overload injuries, and infections. It includes access to 55 cast and splint demonstrations on high-quality online video.

The book can be purchased both as a hard copy and as an E-Book

Casting book

Gilchrist bandage

Support bandage

Indications

  • Fracture of the proximal humerus
  • Shoulder injuries

Goal

  • Stabilization of the proximal humerus and the shoulder

Collar and cuff bandage

Support bandage

Indications

  • Fracture of the supracondylar humerus in children
  • Temporary immobilization in proximal diaphyseal humeral fractures and shoulder injuries in adults

Goal

  • Elbow in flexion to maintain position, depending on the extent of swelling

One-and-a-half leg hip spica cast

Plaster of Paris

Indications

  • Pediatric fracture of the femur

Goal

  • Stabilization of the leg and hip

Single leg hip spica cast

Synthetic, combicast technique

Indications

  • Pediatric fracture of the femur

Goal

  • Stabilization of the leg and hip

3. Webinar

Casting in Children - Indications and Techniques

Theddy Slongo is presenting an interactive webinar about casting in children discussing indications and techniques.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify those fractures which are suitable for conservative treatment.
  • Explain the main biomechanical principles of cast fixation.
  • Recognize the difference between conventional plaster of Paris and fiber casting tape.
  • Describe the steps of correct casting techniques for the most frequent indications.
  • Anticipate the major risks and complications of casting.