Authors of section


Andrew Howard, Theddy Slongo, Peter Schmittenbecher

Executive Editor

James Hunter

General Editor

Fergal Monsell

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Supine position for casting

1. Patient information

Before treatment discuss the following information with the patient/parents/carers:

  • Nature of the injury
  • The chosen treatment and why a particular treatment is selected
  • Alternative treatments
  • Expected healing time
  • Functional recovery

2. Procedure preparation

Personnel need to know and confirm:

  • Consent form, completed and signed
  • Site and side of fracture
  • Condition of soft tissues
  • Patient positioning
  • Comorbidities, including allergies

3. Patient position

Position the patient supine. The forearm may be held by an assistant or placed in finger traps.

Supine position for casting - Finger traps

If tubular bandage is to be used, position it before applying finger traps.

Supine position for casting - Finger traps
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